Keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery was introduced to routine practice over twenty years ago and continues to offers patients a number of potential benefits including a better surgical outcome and quicker recovery with less surgical scarring.
At the cutting edge of this minimally invasive surgery is a new innovation - Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS).
SILS goes one step further than conventional keyhole surgery by allowing operations to be performed though just one small cut rather than the standard three or even four incisions.
Using a SILS Port, our specialist Consultant Gynaecologist and Laparoscopic Surgeon Dr Cameron Martin, who has performed advanced conventional laparoscopic surgery for many years, can now offer surgery through the tummy button.
During surgery, a small incision is made in the tummy button and a flexible soft-foam 'SILS Port' is inserted to protect the surrounding area. State-of-the-art articulated instruments allow the surgery to be undertaken.
The SILS technique can be used for a range of gynaecological procedures such as ovarian cyst removal, treatment of endometriosis and hysterectomy. The resulting scar is less conspicuous and patients seem to be able to return to normal activity quickly.
Dr Cameron Martin is the only Consultant Gynaecologist in Scotland to offer laparoscopic hysterectomy - removal of the uterus through an incision site in the belly button.