Single-port laparoscopic surgery is an option for patients who wish to minimize the number of surgical port sites, compared to traditional laparoscopic surgery. In general, laparoscopic surgery allows quicker patient recovery time, it is less painful, and leaves smaller, neater scars compared to open surgery.
Although both single-port laparoscopy and laparoscopy surgeries utilize relatively similar instruments, they are still quite different. This difference comes from the number of incisions required with each procedure.
While conventional laparoscopy surgery requires several incisions on the belly, single-port laparoscopy aims at decreasing the number of incisions to only one port. This is the main reason the single-port laparoscopy is considered an advanced option of laparoscopy, with the possible advantage of better cosmesis.
The single-port laparoscopy surgery is an option for a treatment of variety of health issues, such as removal of some organs or tissues and hernia. Furthermore, the single-port laparoscopy is sometimes intended for diagnostic purposes.
Below is a list of the common cases in which the single-port laparoscopy surgery is performed
Firstly, your surgeon will make a single, small port (cut) on the stomach area, usually at the umbilicus. Through this port, laparoscopic instruments and the endoscopic camera are inserted. The camera inserted will help the surgeon examine inside the abdomen and proceed with the diagnosis, treatment, or removal of the diseased organs or tissues.
The single-port laparoscopy surgery has four main advantages, listed below:
Senior Consultant Surgeon
MBBS (Singapore), FRCS (Edinburgh), MMed (Surgery), MSc (Bioinformatics),
FAMS (General Surgery)
With 20 years of surgical experience, Dr Lee is trained and skilled in using minimally invasive techniques for liver, pancreas, gallbladder and hernia procedures.
His busy practice aside, Dr Lee is actively involved in postgraduate teaching and workshops for junior surgeons, and is still actively involved in academic research at the National University of Singapore.
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