Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) has been introduced by Manipal Hospital.
The advantages of SILS are less pain, no scarring and speedy recovery.
According to Dr. S.C. Nagendra Swamy, COO, Bangalore Region, Director, Shared Strategic Services, "Laparoscopic surgery has largely replaced open surgery for a variety of urological procedures and the evolution of SILS has also allowed urologists to further improve on outcomes of conventional laparoscopy."
Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) procedure involves keyhole surgery wherein insertion of all instruments is done through a single cut on the umbilicus, which is a natural scar.
The entire surgery is performed through the umbilicus and organ extraction (if required) is done through the same area, leaving behind virtually no visible scar in the abdomen. This is a further refinement over conventional laparoscopy technique which requires 3-4 small (1-1.5 cm) cuts to be made on the abdomen as compared to a single incision that is made through the umbilicus in SILS.
Speaking to media persons, Dr. H. Sudarshan Ballal, Medical Director, Manipal Hospital, said: "It is remarkable how medical science has progressed. Today a critical renal surgery is done with minimum trauma to the patient. This is more important for those donating a kidney since pain and post operative complications are marginalized."
Dr. Deepak Dubey, Consultant, Specialist in Laparoscopic Surgery and Renal Transplants, Manipal Hospital said, "This technique is especially useful for kidney donors who are healthy individuals and are donating their organ. They need to undergo the procedure safely, with negligible pain and best cosmetic results. This procedure is being performed only in one other hospital in the country. Besides extraction of the kidney for organ donation, SILS technique can also be used for the removal of some kidney tumors, poorly functioning and damaged kidneys, stones in the urethra and kidneys, removal of the adrenal glands and some congenital urological disorders. It requires special expertise and advanced training as the entire operation is done through a limited space."