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Transumbilical Gelport Access Technique for Performing Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)

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Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery



Single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) is an area of active research within general surgery.


A number of procedures, including cholecystectomy, appendectomy, urologic procedures, adrenalectomy, and bariatric procedures, are currently being performed with this methodology. There is, as yet, no standard published technique for single-port access to the peritoneal cavity for SILS. We describe, herein, an access technique utilizing existing instrumentation including a Gelport and wound retractor that is reliable and easy. This technique has been used successfully at our institution for a number of single incision laparoscopic procedures.

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Merchant, A.M., Cook, M.W., White, B.C. et al. Transumbilical Gelport Access Technique for Performing Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS). J Gastrointest Surg 13, 159–162 (2009).

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