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The Side Effects of Single Incision Laparoscopic Sleeve (SILS)

By Fernando Garcia on December 26, 2016

Surgeons performing surgeryThe team at Tijuana Bariatrics is proud to offer Single Incision Laparoscopic Sleeve (SILSS), a scarless weight loss surgery. SILS is an excellent alternative to traditional gastric sleeve surgery. Both procedures are performed laparoscopically, but SILS involves just one incision made in the belly button. This means hidden scarring and reduced recovery times. Not everyone is a candidate for SILS, but those who are experience excellent results from the procedure.

As with any surgery, scarless or otherwise, there are some side effects to be expected. Let's cover some of the most common side effects of SILS, which share a lot in common with other bariatric surgeries.

Pain and Discomfort

Pain and soreness are a given following any sort of surgical procedure. Thankfully patients are monitored at our practice to ensure pain is managed and serious discomfort is prevented. A mixture of rest and pain relievers can typically address soreness following surgery. The most serious pain typically abates by the end of the first week.

Patients will be encouraged to stand and walk a bit when they are able to help promote circulation and help reduce pain.

Bruising and Swelling

Like pain, bruising and swelling are part of the reality of any weight loss surgery. With SILS, there is typically less bruising and swelling. This is because of the single incision method of the procedure. That said, bruising around the belly button and some swelling around the abdominal area is common. Both the bruising and swelling will go down gradually over the first two weeks, continuing to fade at the end of a month. Residual minor swelling may last for several weeks.

Nausea and Vomiting

Since your stomach has been altered and you're adjusting to a modified diet, it's not uncommon for people to experience nausea and vomiting as they recover. Many times this is due to eating too fast or too much. In those early weeks of surgery, be sure to savor your foods and liquids. Eat according to your post-op dietary guidelines, and try to really monitor how you body responds to what you're having.

Temporary Hair Loss

Patients will lose a lot of weight in the first few months of SILS. This sudden weight loss can cause your body to respond in unexpected ways. You may experience some minor to mildd hair loss or hair thinning after SILS, for instance. Thankfully this is a temporary, one that ought to be resolved after a few months as your body gets used to the changes that come with SILS.

Follow Post-Op Instructions Carefully

In order to manage these side effects and avoid serious complications, patients should follow their post-op instructions to the letter. We will be more than happy to provide detailed tips about dietary needs, physical activity, and more to ensure your healing experience is problem-free and as pleasant as possible.

Learn More About Single Incision Laparoscopic Sleeve (SILS)

For more information about SILS and how it can help you lose weight rapidly and safely, be sure to contact the weight loss surgery team at Tijuana Bariatrics today. Our team will help you achieve better health and wellness through advanced surgical care.

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