Surgical Endoscopy

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 709–714 | Cite as

Single-incision laparoscopic surgery for cholecystectomy: an evolving technique

  • Andre Chow
  • Sanjay Purkayastha
  • Omer Aziz
  • Paraskevas Paraskeva



Laparoscopic techniques have allowed surgeons to perform complicated intraabdominal surgery with minimal trauma. Recent innovators have pioneered the use of single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), which has the potential of further reducing the trauma of surgical access. This may lead to reduced postoperative pain and improved patient cosmesis.


This article reports the authors’ method of performing SILS cholecystectomy, with carefully placed sutures used to puppeteer the gallbladder and thus aid retraction.


The authors have performed SILS cholecystectomy for 23 patients with good results.


Single-incision laparoscopic surgery is a feasible way to perform cholecystectomy. Further work in the form of randomized controlled trials is needed to investigate the advantages of this new technique.


Cholecystectomy Laparoscopic surgery SILS Single-incision 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andre Chow
    • 1
  • Sanjay Purkayastha
    • 1
  • Omer Aziz
    • 1
  • Paraskevas Paraskeva
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BioSurgery and Surgical TechnologyImperial College London, St Marys Hospital CampusLondonUK

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