Many surgeons have attempted to reduce the number and the size of ports in laparoscopic cholecystectomy to decrease parietal trauma and pain, and to improve cosmetic results. We report a series of laparoscopic cholecystectomies using a single-port technique (SILS) through an umbilical incision in a pilot group of 21 cases. Our goal was to validate and develop the single-port access as a viable option. All the operations were performed using an umbilical SILS port (Ethicon). Most reported techniques utilize special purpose-made instruments. This article provides a stepwise description of the procedure using all straight instruments. No special reticulating instruments or flexible telescopes were used. We report our early difficulties and concerns about the procedure and propose solutions to the problems. Patients' request for improved cosmesis impels surgeons toward the application of SILS, but the true advantage of the technique should be assessed by more evidences. For this reason, we are planning a single-institution, prospective randomized controlled trial to compare postoperative pain, operating time and cosmetic result between one port and standard laparoscopic surgery.
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