The Single Port Laparoscopic Surgical procedure (SPLS) represents the latest technological advancement in the field of minimally invasive surgery. The SPLS procedure replaces the three to four incisions required by standard laparoscopic surgeries with just one incision made in the belly button. Benefits to patients include the virtual elimination of visible scars, along with the pain associated with multiple points of entry with regular laparoscopic surgery.
Conventional laparoscopic surgery requires three to four 5 mm - 1 cm incisions in various parts of the patient's abdomen in order to accomodate the laparoscopic camera and instruments used for surgery. Single Port Laparoscopic Surgery uses a single, flexible port that can be fitted through a small incision in the patient's belly button. This port allows surgeons to use three to four laparoscopic devices simultaneously during surgery. Newer, flexible laparoscopic instruments have been created specifically for use with the SPLS access device. These provide surgeons with maneuverability and optimal access to the target tissue through a single access point.
The SPLS procedure is a technically challenging one, and there are a limited number of surgeons who routinely perform the procedure. Single Port Laparoscopic Surgery is not appropriate for everyone. In some patients, conversion to a standard laparoscopic or open procedure may be required. During your consultation and examination, Dr. Zadeh will determine if you are eligible to have your procedure performed via a SPLS technique.