The work of Muhe and Mouret in the late 80s, paved the way for mainstream laparoscopic procedures, and it rapidly became the method of choice for many intra-abdominal procedures.
Single-incision laparoscopic surgery is a very exciting new modality in the field of minimal access surgery, which works for further reducing the scars of standard laparoscopy and towards scarless surgery.
The technique that Dr. LUIS PASTEN prefers involves the use of a singular access device that permits the ingress of 3 or 4 instruments through a single opening in the umbilicus into which the device is first inserted also known as The GelPort.
This new access device permitted the surgeon to perform the procedure with a SINGLE INCISION with barely noticeable scars.
These ports are inserted through an incision measuring anywhere between 17 and 50 mm depending on the port and the organ to be accessed/removed, for example in a cholecystectomy (Gallbladder removal).
The average incision for a GASTRIC SLEEVE is about 20-35 mm. It makes sense to take slightly bigger incisions and get more play between the instruments when the organ to be removed is larger.
In order to qualify for this kind of procedure it is required to have a LOW BMI, that means your BMI needs to be 35 or lower.
In BMIs higher than 35 the belly button gets further from the site of action which results in a harder procedure to be done, increasing the risks for possible complications.
If you are interested in having a surgery with MINIMAL SCAR and a FASTER recovery, this might be the type of procedure that’s BEST for you.
In order to offer you the tool that suits you best, it is very IMPORTANT for US to know about your medical history.
A detailed health questionnaire with as much information as possible helps us to get to know our patient beforehand.