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News: Centegra surgeons perform laparoscopic surgeries using single incision

Centegra Health System announced today the successful completion of its first surgeries using the next generation SILS procedure. The cholecystectomy, or gallbladder removal, has been performed for the treatment of gall bladder disease, and was the first of its kind to be completed at both Centegra Hospital-McHenry and Centegra Hospital-Woodstock within days of each other.

According to Amir Heydari, MD, one of the surgeons who has performed the procedure at both Centegra campuses, his patients were home a mere four hours after surgery. Heydari said the patients may not even see evidence of the surgeries. One of the major advantages of the SILS procedure is that it utilizes only one access point, through the patient’s umbilicus, or belly button, ultimately resulting in the potential for no visible scar.   By comparison, traditional laparoscopic cholecystectomies involve four ½-inch or smaller incisions that may leave scars.

“With the successful completion of this procedure, Centegra Health System is now equipped to offer patients the most advanced form of laparoscopic surgery,”  said Heydari. “We are thrilled to be at the forefront of a new kind of surgery that continues to transform the minimally invasive arena, resulting in even better experiences for patients.” 

Heydari cautions, however, that not all patients are candidates for single sight surgery. He said each patient should be evaluated by his or her own surgeon.

Currently, more than 80 percent of all cholecystectomies performed in the Unites States are done laparoscopically with multiple access points. Using the next generation SILS procedure surgeons can make a single 20mm incision through the belly button minimizing the pain that may be associated with the additional sites of entry.

Approximately 500,000 procedures are performed each year in the U.S. to remove the gallbladder,   a small pear-shaped organ located in the upper abdomen beneath the bladder. While the gallbladder’s main function – to store bile produced by the liver and release it for digestion – is important to the body, it is not essential. Gallbladder surgeries are usually performed for the treatment of gallstones – small solid formations of cholesterol and bile salts within the gallbladder – or inflammation of the gallbladder, known as cholecystitis.

“At Centegra Health System, patient care is our highest priority. Procedures including the SILS technique are instrumental in helping us fulfill our goal of offering patients the latest advancements in medicine,”  said Jason Sciarro, Centegra Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Accomplished by using specialized Roticulator instruments manufactured by Covidien the SILS procedure is performed in surgeries related to gynecologic, bariatric and urologic conditions. Covidien’s newest technological advancement, the SILS Port, is available for SILS procedures across multiple surgical specialties. This instrument, the first of its kind, replaces the multiple ports currently utilized in single incision surgeries.

Centegra Health System is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of the residents of greater McHenry County and to making services available in multiple and convenient locations, including hospitals in McHenry and Woodstock, Immediate and Primary Care Centers, Centegra Sage Cancer Center, Health Bridge Fitness Centers and more. As the region’s leading healthcare provider, Centegra Health System continues to bring the latest treatments and technology, along with the skills of nearly 4,000 medical professionals, to meet the needs of the growing McHenry County community. For more information on Centegra Health System call 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).