Int J Med Sci 2013; 10(1):73-78. doi:10.7150/ijms.5030

Research Paper

Experiences of Single Incision Cholecystectomy

Huseyin Yilmaz1, Husnu Alptekin1, Fahrettin Acar1, Ilhan Ciftci2✉, Ahmet Tekin3, Mustafa Sahin1

1. Department of General Surgery, Selcuklu Medical School, Selcuk University, TURKEY;
2. Department of Pediatric Surgery, Selcuklu Medical School, Selcuk University, TURKEY;
3. Department of General Surgery, Meram Medical School, Necmettin Erbakan University, TURKEY.

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Yilmaz H, Alptekin H, Acar F, Ciftci I, Tekin A, Sahin M. Experiences of Single Incision Cholecystectomy. Int J Med Sci 2013; 10(1):73-78. doi:10.7150/ijms.5030. Available from

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Purpose: Single incision laparoscopic surgery in suitable cases is preferred today because it results in less postoperative pain, a more rapid recovery period, more comfort, and a better cosmetic appearance from smaller incisions. This study aims to present our experiences with single incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy to evaluate the safety and feasibility of this procedure.

Methods: A total of 150 patients who underwent single incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy between January 2009 and December 2011 were evaluated retrospectively. In this serial, two different access techniques were used for single incision laparoscopy.

Results: Single incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy was performed successfully on 150 patients. Median operative time was 29 (minimum-maximum=5-66) minutes. Median duration of hospital stay was found to be 1.33 (minimum-maximum=1-8) days. Patients were controlled on the seventh postoperative day. Bilier complication was not seen in the early period. Five patients showed port site hernia complications. Other major complications were not seen in the 36-month follow-up period.

Conclusion: Operation time of single incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy is significantly shortened with the learning curve. Single incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy seems a safe method.

Keywords: Cholecystectomy, Single incision