Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS): Virtually Scarless Sleeve Gastrectomy

When science makes our lives easier and better, what’s not to like?

The New York Bariatric Group is proud to be among the first and only surgeons in the area to perform single-incision sleeve gastrectomies. With just one incision through the belly button, recovery times are quicker, and there is virtually no scar.

In most cases, patients spend just one night in the hospital following the procedure.  And since there is no need to cut through stomach muscle, there is less pain.

Not too long ago, weight-loss surgeries required a long incision, which, of course, would leave a large scar.  Then came laparoscopic surgery, known as minimally invasive surgery, which involves multiple small incisions, each a few centimeters long, and the use of a tiny camera, enabling the surgeon to visualize the surgery and to cut less tissue.

Single-incision laparoscopic surgery — or SILS — is even less invasive.

We already have done several hundred SILS lap band cases, so we have extensive experience with the approach. It is only in the past year that single-incision sleeve gastrectomies have become more common. New York Bariatric Group surgeons are among a select group in the country now offering this procedure. About 40 percent of our patients are now choosing this option. As a group, we have performed about 100 single-incision sleeve gastrectomies, and these patients have been doing very well.

Virtually Scarless Single Incision Sleeve Gastrectomy

Single-incision sleeve gastrectomies are simpler to perform than gastric bypass operations, resulting in lower complication rates.

During surgery, about 75 to 80 percent of the volume of the stomach is removed, while maintaining the natural openings into and out of the stomach.  Because the gastrointestinal track is not changed, the chances of complications like vitamin deficiencies that can occur with gastric bypass surgery are decreased.

The data shows that the overall weight loss with sleeve gastrectomy is similar to gastric bypass. The weight loss helps patients get rid of their medical problems.  Because a long tube is created with a lot of resistance, it does severely limit the amount of food that a patient can eat, which contributes to sustained weight loss.

The disadvantage of a sleeve gastrectomy is that because it is a relatively new operation, long-term data is not yet available.

Minimally invasive surgery is a scientific advance that has improved the quality of life for many.  Ask your surgeon if you qualify for the new virtually scarless, single-incision sleeve gastrectomy by calling our office at (516) 616-5500 or, if you prefer, click on “Live Chat” in the upper left corner of your screen to have a conversation now.

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Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS): Virtually Scarless Sleeve Gastrectomy

Thomas

Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Nicole

Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Robert

Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Samantha

Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Eileen

Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Brittany

Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Desiree

Lost 157lbs

Desiree's success story

I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I lost a total of 157 pounds in 11 months. I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before. Everyone at New York Bariatric Group has been wonderful. They are kind. They are understanding. They make you feel comfortable. They will guide you every step of the way on your journey so that you can be successful.

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