Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
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Department of Colorectal Surgery

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Single incision laparoscopic surgery (HALS)

Single incision laparoscopic surgery is a surgical technique where a bowel resection is performed using a small 'open' incision, usually at the site of the belly button or umbilicus, through which a device is placed in the abdominal wall which allows small entry ports to be placed, usually four in number, and the procedure can then be laparoscopically, commonly called 'key hole surgery' completed.

Single incision laparoscopic surgery technique are commonly used in right hemicolectomy and small bowel resection, when the benefits of key hole surgery but only one incision are desired.

The risks associated with a single incision laparoscopic surgery can be related but not limited to the wound (wound infection, hernia), the bowel join (leakage, bleeding), and to the patient's heart (arrhythmia), lungs (infection), kidneys and urinary system and the venous system (deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary emboli).

Pain relief is well organised after the procedure by the hospitals anaesthetic department. Fluids and return to a normal diet are determined by your doctors' usual protocol and your individual circumstances.

It is best to discuss more details regarding your specific case with your doctor.

 

Reviewed 2017