Gall bladder surgery, or cholecystectomy, is a common procedure. But, did you know that surgeons at Chilton Hospital are able to remove the organ through one's umbilicus (belly button)? The SILS (single incision laparoscopic surgery) ultimately results in the potential for no visible scar. By comparison, traditional laparoscopic cholecystectomies involve four ½-inch or smaller incisions that may leave scars. Patients are able to go home the same day of surgery and may never even see evidence of the surgery.
Currently, more than 80 percent of all cholecystectomies performed in the United States are done laparoscopically with multiple access points. Using the next generation SILS procedure, surgeons can make a single 20mm incision through the belly button minimizing the pain that may be associated with the additional sites of entry.
Visit our find a doctor page for a physician who performs SILS for gall bladder removal , please call 1-888-CHILTON.