Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery – SILS Arkansas
Dr. Gornichec is expert in performing bariatric surgery through a single incision – also known as SILS or Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery. The basic premise of this relatively new technique is that the medical devices used during surgery are passed through a single incision in the abdomen – usually made in the navel, or belly button, to avoid any appearance of scars. Beyond the method of access, the procedure itself is performed in the same way as traditional minimally invasive bariatric surgery. Patients should be aware that weight loss results, as well as potential disease improvement and resolution rates, are very similar when either performed in a traditional minimally invasive manner or through a single incision.
Much like other minimally invasive bariatric techniques, a high-definition camera called a laparoscope, is passed through the single incision. This, along with other medical devices, gives the surgeon a precise view of the surgical field inside the abdomen. Using screens placed above the operating table, Dr. Gornichec can deftly navigate the abdominal cavity.
The overarching benefit of SILS is first, aesthetic, inasmuch as scars will not be visible after the procedure is over. Secondly, most patients will feel less pain and have less blood loss after procedure, since only one incision.
At his former practice, Dr. Gornichec was the first surgeon in Oklahoma City to perform a Lap-Band® and Realize® Band using this single incision technique. He has performed many of these procedures with great success.
Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery is not for everyone and attending a free bariatric surgery seminar and a subsequent consultation will be very helpful in understanding if the patient qualifies for this novel procedure.