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Belly button surgery to cut scars

23rd June 2009

A surgeon working in London has become the first in the UK to laparoscopic techniques to take out a gall bladder and appendix through the belly button.


Current techniques involve the removal of both organs by cutting into the torso and the navel, which causes scarring.

The new procedure is called single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS) and requires a cut of 10mm to be made in the navel.

Surgical instruments and a camera are then inserted into the body and the organs are removed.

The surgery is extremely quick, allowing gall bladders to be taken out in an hour and an appendix to be removed in 20 minutes.

Mr Barry Paraskeva, who works at Imperial College London Healthcare Trust, said: "This technique further minimises minimally invasive surgery."

"Having a single access port minimises the discomfort to the patient, reduces the risk of infection and because the incision is through the belly button, the surgery is scarless."

The SILS procedure is the result of research by Mr Paraskeva and his team at Imperial.

Mr Geoffrey Glazer, a consultant general surgeon based at London's Wellington Hospital, said: "This is a technological step forward which might appeal to certain groups who do not want two to three small scars on their abdomen. It might also help with the healing process."

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