Fortis Hospital Noida recently introduced the pioneering technique of Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) under its initiatives. The latest modality in the field of minimally invasive surgery, the benefits of the SILS lie in stark contrast with those of traditional surgeries which require three or four incisions. Established by the Department of General Surgery, MAS and Bariatric Surgery under the leadership of Dr Sudhir Sharma, Director along with Dr Nitin Jha and Dr Tarun Kumar, Senior Consultants and Dr Kapil Kochhar, Additional Director; the hospital has conducted successful surgeries on patients, substituting the conventional procedures with SILS.

Fortis Hospital, Noida is the first and the only center in this region to have introduced this technique for the benefit of its patients. Doctors here are ensuring cost viability for their patients by using routine instruments used in four – port laparoscopic surgery. They have also presented a paper regarding the same internationally.

SILS is conducted with a single incision, the entry point of which is from the left umbilicus (belly button). A complex procedure in which the work of multiple medical instruments is orchestrated through a single access point, SILS is regarded as an exemplary form of innovation resulting in less pain, faster recovery and the absence of surgical scars. Along with many benefits, SILS often offers financial advantages to hospitals, patient’s health care insurance options and employers, too. It requires a shorter hospital stay post-surgery than conventional operations. Although SILS offers exciting benefits for any wide variety of patients facing weight-loss challenges, not everyone is an applicant for the procedure. Obesity, severe adhesions, or scarring from previous surgeries are a few of the factors that would prohibit patients from getting the surgery.

Prem Chandra Mishra, aged 40 years, was suffering from excruciating pain in his right lower abdomen as a result of which he was incessantly vomiting. After the necessary medical evaluations, he was diagnosed with appendicitis. Conventionally a long procedure, the appendectomy was performed successfully using the Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgical technique on March 27, 2017. The post-operative care for the patient was smooth and his recovery was speedy and instantaneous. He was able to get back into his regular everyday routine promptly and did not face any hindrances in conducting routine day-to-day activities.