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Who Is a Candidate for Single Incision Laparoscopic Sleeve (SILS)?

A woman on her couchThe team at Tijuana Bariatric Center are proud to offer state-of-the-art weight loss surgery procedures. We use the latest techniques and advanced technology to perform effective weight loss surgeries that are affordable and safe.

One particularly advanced procedure we offer is known as the single incision laparoscopic sleeve (SILS). It is, in essence, a scar-free weight loss surgery procedure. Let's go over the basics of the surgery and discuss who is eligible for SILS.

What Is Single Incision Laparoscopic Sleeve (SILS)?

SILS is a type of sleeve gastrectomy (gastric sleeve) procedure. This means that the size of the stomach is made permanently smaller in order to reduce the amount of calories that are consumed in a single sitting. This is all done laparoscopically, meaning that a tiny camera, small surgical instruments, and minute incisions are used to perform the surgery.

SILS differs from traditional gastric sleeve surgery in that it is performed using one incision that is hidden in the belly button. Traditional gastric sleeve surgery, by contrast, requires a few small incisions on the abdomen itself. By hiding the incision in the navel, a patient is able to experience the benefits of a bariatric procedure without any visible scarring.

General Candidates for Single Incision Laparoscopic Sleeve (SILS)

Good candidates for SILS are people who are obese who need to lose weight. They may have an obesity-related illness or be at risk for developing an obesity-related condition. These patients should be in good health to tolerate a bariatric procedure.

BMI Restrictions for Single Incision Laparoscopic Sleeve (SILS)

In order to qualify for SILS, a patient must have a body mass index (BMI) that is lower than 40. Patients who have a BMI that is greater than 40 will need to undergo a traditional gastric sleeve procedure or another type of weight loss surgery entirely.

When people have a BMI of 40 or greater, there is additional body mass, fat, and tissue that a surgeon has to work around and accommodate for. As a result, performing an entire bariatric procedure with just one incision alone is no longer a safe or viable option.

May Not Be Ideal for People Who've Had Previous Abdominal Surgery

In addition to the high BMI, patients who have had two or more abdominal surgeries in the past may not be ideal candidates for SILS. This is a precautionary measure in case the previous abdominal surgeries have weakened the abdominal wall or affected other parts of the digestive tract or abdominal region.

Realistic Expectations About Single Incision Laparoscopic Sleeve (SILS)

Bariatric surgery means a change in your eating habits and your overall lifestyle. Because of this, patients should have realistic expectations about the surgery and how their life will change once the procedure is completed. Patients should be ready and committed to healthier living and the challenges that are part of the healing and recovery process.

Alternatives to Single Incision Laparoscopic Sleeve (SILS)

If a patient is not an ideal candidate for SILS, do not fear. There are plenty of other options for surgical weight loss. We can assess your candidacy for SILS and other bariatric procedures during a consultation.

Learn More About Single Incision Laparoscopic Sleeve (SILS)

For more information about single incision laparoscopic sleeve (SILS) and how it can help you achieve a healthier weight and lifestyle, be sure to contact our team of weight loss surgery specialists today. The team at Tijuana Bariatric Center is here to help you look your best and feel great.

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