Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)

Mercy Medical Center is the first hospital on Long Island to offer a new single-incision Lap-Band® (laparoscopic gastric banding) procedure for weight loss surgery.

The Mercy team headed by Shawn Garber, MD, Chief of Bariatric Surgery, with colleague Spencer Holover, MD, is among the first in the nation to utilize the innovative technique, known as Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS), for gastric banding, using just one small opening in the abdomen, through the navel, rather than the five incisions required in traditional techniques.

SILS is an important new option that holds the potential of less pain, fewer scars and quicker recovery.