Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) For Gallbladder Stones

Single incision laparoscopic surgery is a surgical operation to remove the gallbladder stones through a single wound about the size of 2cm made in the navel. This method involves placing many instruments through a single incision and provides the surgeon an opportunity to view the surgical site from various angles improving visualization. Rather than using the traditional methods, where four to five incisions were made, this procedure uses a single entry point, providing shorter recovery periods, fewer scars and less pain. Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery is amongst the latest laparoscopic techniques. Along with all other advantages, SILS is also covered under health care insurance. The patient’s recovery time is much faster and the period of stay in hospital is short.

Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery

Procedure

The surgeon would assess an individual patient to decide whether or not he / she are a suitable candidate for SILS as it may not be applicable to the patients who are very obese, those who have had multiple previous abdominal operations and patients who are likely to have grossly enlarged or thickened diseased organ.

During the procedure, the surgeon takes several precautions. A SILS port is inserted into the belly button incision. The port is a soft and flexible instrument equipped with features to carry out the surgical procedure. The incision techniques allow the surgeon to carry out laparoscopy from various angles. This improves visualization and makes the procedure very efficient.

Major benefits of Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) are:

  • Less pain from the single, short incision after surgery
  • Faster return to normal diet
  • Faster return to work or normal activity
  • Better cosmetic healing (an almost invisible scar)
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Further large scars carry the risk of incisional hernia, which can be avoided with SILS
  • Open surgery takes a longer time to heal. The SILS procedure ensures rapid recovery time
  • Fewer incisions mean lower possibility of developing infections and future adhesions, which may necessitate other surgeries

Post Surgery
Post Surgery

Some amount of pain for about 12 to 24 hours after SILS depending on individual tolerance. Also, some nausea and vomiting is not uncommon in the first 12 hours. Patients are always given medications to relieve the pain and take care of the nausea. Usually, the patient is allowed to drink fluids within 6 to 8 hours of surgery and is able to have meals from the day after surgery. In our society patients often prefer to take things easy for weeks after any operation because of a fear that they may harm themselves by being active. But after SILS all patients are encouraged to get up and walk as soon as they are comfortable. Many patients are able to go home the day after surgery and around 20% go home 48 hours later. In general, patients recover completely within 7 to 10 days. Soon after returning home the patients are allowed all activities they feel comfortable with. Depending on the nature of their job, most patients are able to return to work within ten to fifteen days and those involved in heavy lifting may require a little more time.

Get Rid of Gall Bladder Stones

Gallstones

Gallbladder Surgery

Ever came across the unbearable pain which takes a toll on your health? Gall bladder stones can give something similar. Gallstones are tiny “stones or hard deposit of digestive fluid” found in the gallbladder, which is a small pear-shaped organ that lies just beneath the liver, and has the primary role of storing bile made by the liver. Gallstones are formed when cholesterol, calcium and other particles bind to each other and lodged in gallbladder.

The disease caused by gallstones is known as acute cholecystitis. Most people with gallstones (about 80%) never have symptoms. That with gallstones, a crampy pain in the right portion or in center of the abdomen, known biliary colic, occurs along with back pain or pain in right shoulder, nausea, vomiting or sometimes digestive problems. Complications of gallstones include inflammation of the gallbladder, pancreas and liver. Symptoms of these complications may include pain of more than five hours, fever, yellowish skin or tea color urine.

Risk factors for gallstones include obesity, diabetes, liver disease or rapid weight loss. Gallstones may be suspected based on symptoms. Diagnosis is then typically confirmed by ultrasound. Complications may be detected on blood tests.

Gallbladder Surgery

In those who are having gallbladder attacks, surgery to remove the gallbladder is typically recommended. Surgery is typically done under general anesthesia. In those who are unable to have surgery, medication to try to dissolve the stones or shock wave lithotripsy may be tried. 10-15% of adults have gallstones. Women more commonly have stones than men and they occur more commonly after the age of 40.

Before considering any type of surgery, it is always worth looking for a natural healing approach to get rid of gallstones by “maintaining a healthy body weight” as being overweight might increase the chance of gallstones as such people produce high levels of cholesterol in their livers. It is always the healthiest thing to maintain your weight and stay within a healthy range. People who have gone through weight loss surgery or following a very low calorie diet can trigger deficiencies, hormonal imbalance and other issues that increase gallstone formation. “Avoiding rapid weight loss and fad diets” may help in maintaining the digestive fluid and cholesterol in the body and dramatically impact liver and gallbladder health. It is always recommended to “follow an anti-inflammatory food” that regulates our body’s use of cholesterol. High – fiber foods, easily digestible healthy fats and sprouted seeds are beneficial as they are easy to digest and can reduce inflammation. People who are “more active” have better protection against gallstones. Regular physical exercise, improves your health, maintain weight and can boost digestive functions.

Diet for Gallbladder Patient

In addition to changing your life style and diet, several supplements and natural herbs can also improve liver health and inflammation. Milk thistle and Turmeric has antioxidant activity that support liver metabolism, increase/ improve bile flow, enhance protein synthesis and capable of producing anti-inflammatory effects. Barberry plants fight infections and cleanse liver and gallbladder. Other commonly used remedies for gallstones includes; Apple Juice, Lemon Juice, Coconut Oil, Peppermint, Beetroot, Radish and Herbal tea.