Single-incision Laparoscopic Surgery for Weight Loss

Bariatric surgery has come a long way since doctors operated using a long, open incision across the belly. Nowadays weight loss surgery is performed using 3 to 5 tiny incisions. At Mexico Bariatric Center, we have the best board-certified surgeons performing single-incision gastric sleeve surgery at affordable prices.

Single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), is the newest technological advancement in bariatric surgery. Single-incision surgery allows bariatric surgeons to perform the exact same weight loss procedures using only one incision.

Single-incision surgery allows patients the aesthetic quality of one minimized scar, as well as faster recovery times and less pain. Super surgeon, Dr. Rodriguez Lopez, has advanced training and expertise in performing single-incision gastric sleeve surgery.

  • Quicker Healing Time
  • Fewer Scars, Incisions
  • Aesthetically Preferred
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How Single-Incision Gastric Sleeve Works

Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) Diagram

Mexico Bariatric Center® (MBC), the pioneer in bariatric procedures, is proud to be one of the first weight loss centers in Mexico to offer SILS since 2013. MBC’s leading robotics specialists have trained by top surgeons in Brazil, Mexico City, and Tijuana as well as Mayo Clinic in the United States.

Single Incision Gastric Sleeve Before and After Photo

Gastric sleeve surgery quickly rose to the preferred weight loss surgery around the world. In this procedure, the restriction of hunger is achieved by removing about 85% of the stomach. The majority of hunger hormones are removed as the patient does not feel as hungry and feels full faster.

The standard procedure is already minimally invasive with just 3 to 5 incisions, which we now have the ability to decrease the number of entry points down to 1 for patients who want to reduce scarring.

Our All-Inclusive Single Incision Surgery Package Includes;

Single-Incision Gastric Sleeve in Mexico is the latest minimally-invasive technique that only a select few bariatric surgeons have mastered along with the specialized equipment needed. Mexico Bariatric Center has industry-leading single-incision doctors at a very low price! The operation is performed through one opening roughly 1.5 inches wide in the umbilical or naval area – hidden inside the belly button so the abdomen looks scar-free.

  • Private Ground Transportation

  • Accredited Hospital with ICU (3 nights)

  • Network of Bariatric Certified Surgeons

  • State-of-the-Art Medical Equipment

  • 24/7 Surgical Team and Nursing Staff

  • 4.5 Star Hotel (2 nights)

  • Pre-Op + Post-Op Nutrition Program

  • Online Support Group

  • U.S. Surgeon Liaison

  • No Hidden Fees

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Advantages of Single Incision Surgery

The SILS procedure has many benefits. It reduces scarring on the body and shortens both healings as well as recovery time significantly compared to traditional bariatric surgery.

It is reported that patients with the single-incision procedure experience;

  • Minimally Invasive

  • Shorter Recovery Time

  • Aesthetically Pleasing

  • Improve Healing Experience

  • Less Pain Than Regular Sleeve

  • Similar Weight Loss

  • Back to Work Sooner

  • Reduced Infection Rate

Types of Single-Incision Surgery

The single-incision surgery is becoming a popular surgical procedure using minimally invasive techniques, primarily using the navel (or belly button) as the access point to perform the operation. The benefits of a single incision surgery are the patient’s small, usually noticeable scar.

  • SILS – Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery
  • SPL – Single-Port Laparoscopy
  • SPA – Single Port Access Surgery
Single Incision Gastric Sleeve Surgery Procedure
Dr. Ismael Cabrera Performing Single Incision Gastric Sleeve

Single Incision Surgery Details

Laparoscopic Gastric sleeve surgery is performed with standard ports of three to six incisions. With the advancement of ROBOTIC and SPIDER surgery or similar surgical machine, a bariatric surgeon can now make one small incision to complete the same procedure.

Surgical Steps

  1. A surgeon fills the abdomen with some carbon dioxide to give it a bubble shape in which they can operate.
  2. Then the spider piece (GelPOINT Advanced Access Platform) is placed through the same incision so that a camera can be inserted as well as other important instruments used during the procedure. This operation is performed in the umbilicus (navel or belly button) or the middle line above the umbilicus.
  3. During this procedure, a surgeon will free up a portion of the patient’s stomach and seal and divide blood vessels leading into the stomach that is now removed.
  4. A calibration tube (bougie) is passed, through the mouth, all the way down to the stomach.
  5. The stomach is then stapled and divided into a sleeve, alongside the bougie.
  6. The cut portion of the stomach is later removed from the body through the same small incision used.
  7. After the stomach is removed and all the instruments are removed, the small incision is closed.

The procedure itself takes about 90 minutes and patients typically go home two days post-operative. In about 14% of the time, a trocar is placed into the upper abdomen so the surgeon can move the liver as moving the liver is crucial for a successful operation.

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Single-Incision Sleeve in Mexico Starts at $6,495 $6,195*

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Do I Qualify for Single-Incision Surgery?

Patients are considered good candidate when they meet the following:

  • BMI of 30-40

  • Ages between 16 and 65 (case by case basis)

  • No more than two previous surgeries

SILS cannot be performed on patients who have had a previous bariatric procedure since internal scars make a single-incision very difficult to impossible.

SILS Technology

Mexico Bariatric Center surgeons use GelPOINT Port &COVIDIEN SILS™ Port for SILS surgeries. Advanced Access Platform enables a minimally invasive laparoscopic operation by facilitating the triangulation of multiple standard instruments through an insertion point.

GelPOINT Advanced Access Platform is a medical device used to perform gastric sleeve and gastric banding single-incision. This device, made by Applied Medical, has a low internal profile, wider external profile and allows Trocars to be moved around with ease.


COVIDIEN SILS™ Multiple Access Port, made by Medtronic, is designed to facilitate laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy through a single-incision. Freedom of motion, optimal access, maximum maneuverability, and ease of use makes this device ideal for Single Site Sleeve Gastrectomy.

Single Incision Gastric Sleeve Surgery Procedure

Gelpoint SILS System



Laparoscopic Surgery vs Single Incision

Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery

Single-incision became a viable option for very experienced surgeons who were able to operate on patients using only one incision. This technique takes more time to complete as it is more difficult than general laparoscopic surgery. In Mexico, single incision laparoscopic surgery is growing in popularity for patients who want little to no scarring.

Laparoscopic Surgery

The history of laparoscopic surgery started with open surgery. As surgeons became more experienced with the open surgery technique and equipment advanced, laparoscopic surgery began. With laparoscopic bariatric surgery, 6 incisions are made across the patient’s belly. Although laparoscopic surgery leaves more scars, it avoids the complications of single-incision surgery.

History of Single Incision

The history of single incision laparoscopic surgery, or SILS, first originated within general surgery in 1992. Since then, single-incision has been used for many types of surgical procedures with very effective outcomes.

  • 1969: First appeared in gynecology using single-incision laparoscopic surgery.
  • 1997: Gallbladder removal and cholecystectomy, using SPL, or single-port laparoscopy.
  • 2010: Sleeve Gastrectomy, or gastric sleeve, using single-incision laparoscopic surgery.