Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) at Scott & White Round Rock

What is Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery?

Single incision laparoscopic surgery, or SILS, is an advanced, minimally invasive procedurethat allows the surgeon to operate exclusively through a single entry point, typically the patient's navel.

In traditional laparoscopic surgery, a telescopic rod connected to a video camera or laparoscope is inserted through a small incision in the abdomen. Three to five additional incisions are made and used as ports, where the other necessary surgical instruments are inserted.

Procedures that can be done with SILS include:

  • Appendectomy
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Colectomy
  • Colostomy
  • Colostomy reversal
  • Hepatectomy
  • Splenectomy
  • All hernia repairs (inguinal, femoral, incisional, hiatal, ventral)
  • Surgical correction of esophageal reflux (Nissen Fudoplication)
  • Diagnostic procedures

Potential benefits include:

  • Decreased pain
  • Better cosmetic results (scar hidden in belly button)
  • Faster recovery
  • Fewer potential complications

Am I a Candidate for SILS?

Most patients who are eligible for laparoscopic surgery are also good candidates for single-port procedures.

Patients who are morbidly obese or who already have had multiple major abdominal surgeries may not be eligible.

If you are interested in making an appointment with a surgeon who performs single-port procedures or learning more about your surgical options, please call our General Surgery Department at 512-509-8500, or email Send an e-mail

For Physicians: Request a Patient Appointment

Contact Scott & White Healthcare - Round Rock:

  • Call 512-509-0300

Scott & White accepts all major insurance plans.

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