Over half a million people in the United States have gallbladder surgery every year. Patients at Westlake Hospital can now walk away from gallbladder surgery with no visible scarring.
Westlake Hospital offers a revolutionary gallbladder surgery, known as single incision laparoscopic surgery, or SILS, that results in better cosmetic results, minimal pain, less risk for infection, less bleeding and allows the patient to return home the same day. Up to 90% of patients go home the same day. The SILS procedure demonstrates that few incisions are possible and represents a great step toward the ultimate goal of incision less surgery that will improve patient outcomes.
The SILS™ procedure is a laparoscopic surgical procedure using a single incision (through the belly button) to accomplish any number of treatments including gallbladder removal, gynecologic procedures (like hysterectomies) and others. By utilizing just one 20mm incision, the SILS™ procedure avoids the multiple entry points – usually involving up to four half-inch or smaller incisions – required by traditional laparoscopic techniques.
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