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Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery

The Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILSTM) Technique

Instead of the multiple incisions associated with traditional laparoscopic surgery, the SILSTM technique is accomplished through the belly button using only one incision. Not only does this technique potentially reduce scar visibility, it may also eliminate the wound pain associated with multiple points of entry required by standard laparoscopic surgery. Additionally, recovery time may be shortened compared to traditional open surgery.

To learn more about the SILSTM procedure, watch the short video below featuring Frank Sontag from KLOS radio and Dr. Sam Carvajal, one of the world leaders in SILSTM.


GAMC Offers SILSTM for:
  • Adrenal gland surgery
  • Appendectomy
  • Bilateral tubal ligation
  • Bile duct surgery
  • Colectomy 
  • Gall bladder surgery
  • Hernia repair
  • Heartburn/GERD
  • Hysterectomy
  • Kidney Surgery
  • Liver Surgery
  • Spleen Surgery
  • And many more...


 Compare SILSTM to Traditional Laparoscopic Surgery

  Open Procedure Traditional Laparoscopic Procedure SILSTM Procedure
Number of Incisions 1 large incision 3-4 small incisions 1 small incision
Size of Incisions 6 inches long About 3/4 inch  About 3/4 inch
Number of Visible Scars 1 large scar 3-4 small scars  Potential for no visible scars 
Length of Hospital Stay 3-7 days 1-3 days <3 days*
Pain Moderate Mild or minimal Mild or minimal, eliminates pain associated with mulitple points of entry.
Recovery Time Return to work in up to 6 weeks Return to work within 5-10 days 

Return to work
within 5-10