Single Incision Surgery

At Atlanta Bariatrics, almost 100% of our bariatric procedures are done laparoscopically using single incision surgery (SILS). This involves making one single incision instead of multiple incisions or large incisions. SILS has undeniable benefits: a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery, less pain and scarring, and decreased risk of complications.

The incision utilized in laparoscopic surgery is generally 5-12 mm in size,1/2″, and just at or above the belly-button. All instruments are inserted through this single incision resulting in minimal scaring. After the procedure, the incision is stitched closed and bandages are placed over them. A small incision may not require stitches, just small strips of sterile tape. Most people won’t even know you had surgery!

Please note that surgery alone is not a solution to losing weight. It can train you to eat less, but you still have to do much of the work. To lose weight and avoid complications from the procedure, you will need to follow the recommended exercise and eating guidelines provided by your doctor and dietitian.

About the Procedure

Prior to the procedure, you will receive general anesthesia and will be asleep and unable to feel pain. During surgery, a small surgical cut will be made in the abdomen and a tiny camera called a laparoscope will be inserted to allow Dr. William H. Johnson to see inside your belly. The recommended bariatric procedure will be performed within 30 to 60 minutes.

Patients generally go home the same day of surgery and begin their normal activities within 1 or 2 days. Most people take 1 week off work to fully recuperate. Patients stay on liquids or mashed food for 2 or 3 weeks after surgery and slowly add soft food, then regular food to their diet. Six weeks after surgery, most patients can eat regular food.

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