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Dr. Erbella now offering Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgeries (SILS) for patients in the Bradenton, Sarasota, and Florida Gulf Coast area. Learn more about the benefits of single incision surgeries, including reduced healing time and scarring.



Laparoscopic surgery has traditionally been performed by making multiple small incisions in the abdomen. A small camera with a light on the end and special surgical instruments were then inserted into the small incisions, allowing the doctor to perform many types of operations while viewing the inside of the abdomen on a monitor in the operating room. Laparoscopic surgery provided a less invasive option to traditional open surgeries that required a large opening to be made in the abdomen. Single-incision laparoscopic surgery is even less invasive than conventional laparoscopic procedures.


During SILS, a single incision is made in the bellybutton. An umbilical port is placed into the incision, and then special surgical tools are placed into the port. As with conventional laparoscopic surgery, a flexible camera is used to transfer images from the inside the body onto a video monitor. When the surgery is over, the instruments and port are removed. The incision site is disguised by the natural shape and texture of the belly button.


The SILS can be used to perform many procedures, including:

• gallbladder removal

• appendectomies

• hernia repairs

• weight-loss surgery

• lysis of adhesions

• anti-reflux procedures

• gastrectomy

• colectomy



A single-incisions surgery often can be completed in the same amount of time as a traditional laparoscopic procedure. The use of fewer incisions and an incision made in the belly button offers many potential benefits, including:

• faster recovery times

• less risk for infection

• less risk for bleeding

• less pain

• reduced costs

• better cosmetic results


Despite these benefits, single incision laparoscopic surgery procedure may not be the best choice for every patient. Conventional laparoscopic surgery or open surgery may be more appropriate if the patient has excessive body weight, severe adhesions, significant infection or scar tissue from prior abdominal surgeries.

Manatee Memorial Hospital, Medical Office Building

250 2nd Street East, Suite 1A

Bradenton, FL 34208

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