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GAMC Most Experienced in SILS™ Technique
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Alicia Gonzalez
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GLENDALE, CA - With medical technology advancing at a faster and faster pace, more and more surgical procedures are becoming available laparoscopically, or minimally invasive.

As Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) strives to stay on the leading edge of technology, we are proud to offer a suite of minimally invasive procedures, including Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS™) and the da Vinci Surgical System robotic procedures.

GAMC was one of the first hospitals in the world to perform procedures using SILS™ and remains the most experienced hospital in utilizing SILS™. SILS™ reduces surgeries that once required large, multiple incisions to a single tiny, undetectable, 1.5 millimeter incision in the belly button.

Leading the charge is Sam Carvajal, MD, general surgeon at GAMC, who has been performing advanced laparascopic and telescopic procedures for many years. As one of the pioneers in SILS™, he was the first surgeon in the world to perform a gall bladder removal using flexible scopes and specially designed SILS™ instruments through a tiny incision in the belly button.

"What makes the SILS procedure so great is the lack of scars," says Dr. Carvajal. "The incisions are cosmetically indetectable. Many patients also report less pain and less recovery time after their procedures."

Currently, SILS™ is commonly used in GI procedures, such as gall bladder removals, appendectomies and colectomies. However, Dr. Carvajal is researching ways to use SILS™ in other areas of the body. Recently, he used SILS™ to remove liver tumors from a cancer patient. SILS™ has also been used in procedures for patients with colorectal cancer.

"There is so much potential in SILS™," he says. "We've barely begun to scratch the surface. And I'm so proud that Glendale Adventist is paving the way in this revolutionary surgical technique."

Recently, GAMC also debuted the latest in robotic surgery, the da Vinci Surgical System. The da Vinci system helps GAMC surgeons perform minimally invasive procedures, including hysterectomy and prostatectomy, using tiny 1-2 millimeter incisions.

Because these procedures are now minimally invasive, the da Vinci system helps to improve clinical outcomes and redefine standards of care. Patients experience reduced trauma to the body, reduced blood loss and need for transfusions, less post-operative pain and discomfort, less risk of infection, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery and less scarring.

To learn more about minimally invasive surgery at Glendale Adventist, visit To see a special episode of Healthline featuring Dr. Carvajal and SILS™, visit