Advancement of medical devices and improved surgical techniques have made it possible to perform laparoscopic bariatric surgery with just a single incision. Minimally-invasive Single Incision Bariatric Surgery is the newest technique to further less invasive laparoscopic surgery and to encourage more people to endure it. Mexico Bariatric Center, the pioneer in bariatric procedures, is proud to be one of the first weight loss centers in Mexico to offer Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS).
Sleeve Gastrectomy is a bariatric procedure used to help patients lose weight that is hard to do with diet and exercise. Gastric sleeve is fast becoming the preferred weight loss surgery in Mexico and around the world. In this procedure, restriction of the stomach is achieved by removing about 85% of the stomach. The hunger hormones are removed as it resides on top part of the stomach. The patient does not feel as hungry and feels full faster, which aid weight loss. Most patients see rapid and significant weight loss similar to that of more intrusive surgeries such as gastric bypass.
Mexico Bariatric Center is in the forefront of Laparoscopic Single Incision Gastric Sleeve and the surgeons working with MBC have the most experience in the world.
Contact our help patient care coordinators today to learn more about undergoing Single-Incision Bariatric Surgery.
What is Single Incision Bariatric Surgery?
Single Incision, or as it’s often referred to single-incision laparoscopic surgery and is a way to reduce the scars left by open and laparoscopic surgery. The operation is performed through one incision approximately one and a half inches wide in the umbilical or naval – hidden inside the belly button so that the abdomen almost looks scar-less.
How does it work?
Laparoscopic Gastric sleeve surgery is performed with traditional ports of five to seven incisions. With the advancement of ROBOTIC and SPIDER surgery or similar surgical machine, a bariatric surgeon can now make one small incision to complete the same procedure.
A surgeon opens up the belly button using this spider piece so that a camera can be inserted as well as other important instruments used during the procedure. This operation is performed in the umbilicus (navel or belly button) or the middle line above the umbilicus. During this procedure, a surgeon will free up a portion of the patient’s stomach and seal and divide blood vessels leading into the stomach that is now removed. The stomach is then stapled and divided into a sleeve. This portion is later removed from the body through the same small incision used. After it is removed and all the instruments are removed, the small incision is closed. The procedure itself takes about 90 minutes and patients typically go home two days after surgery.
In about 14% of the time, a trocar is placed into the upper abdomen so the surgeon can move the liver as moving the liver is crucial for a successful operation.
MBC’s leading robotics surgeons offer single-incision gastric sleeve in Tijuana, Mexico. MBC surgeons have training by top surgeons in Brazil, Mexico City, and Tijuana as well as Mayo Clinic in the United States.
Advantages of Single Incision Bariatric Surgery:
- Minimally Invasive, Aesthetically Pleasing
- Less Recovery Time
In terms of aesthetics, this procedure is most desirable as it is minimal and less obvious scarring on the body. It has a much shorter recovery time than traditional bariatric surgery. It is reported that patients with single incision procedure:
- had less pain then the alternative
- lost more weight
- were back to their daily routine sooner than traditional laparoscopic surgery
- reduced the chance for infection
Who is a Candidate for Single Incision:
Patients are considered good candidate when they meet the following:
- BMI of 45 and lower
- No more than two previous surgeries
SILS cannot be performed on patients who have had a previous bariatric procedure since internal scars make a single incision very difficult to impossible.
Mexico Bariatric Center surgeons use Gel PointGel Port for SILS surgeries. Gel Point is an advanced access platform medical device used to facilitate gastric sleeve and gastric banding single incision.
This device, made by Applied Medical, has a low internal profile, wider external profile and allows Trocars to be moved around with ease.
- Single Incision Gastric Sleeve Surgery at Mexico Bariatric Center
Updated: Feb 13, 2016, by Ron Elli, Ph.D.