LONDON, April 21 /PRNewswire/ --

- First UK Gastric Band Operation Through The Belly Button

In a British medical first pioneering surgeon Professor Franco Favretti and his team have performed the UK's first SILS (Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery) gastric band implantation.

This means overweight patients no longer have to undergo the usual five incisions for traditional laparoscopic gastric banding surgery, Professor Favretti performed the operation via a single incision through the belly button.

SILS is the next logical step in the progression of laparoscopic surgery and has several advantages for the patient:

- It reduces the risk of wound infection as there is now only one incision - Recovery is even quicker since there is less post-operative pain - It is cosmetically much more attractive for the patient because it leaves no visible scars

Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) is an advanced surgical technique in which access to the abdominal cavity is gained through a single entry point, rather than the usual multiple entry points.

Dr. David Ashton, leading Obesity Specialist and Medical Director of Healthier Weight commented: 'Few surgeons anywhere in the world have the experience and skill to place a gastric band via a SILS approach. Thanks to Professor Favretti and Dr Gianni Segato, our patients now have the opportunity to undergo gastric banding with no scarring. We have a track record of innovation at Healthier Weight and SILS is the latest example of how we are constantly trying to improve the patient experience and outcomes.

About Healthier Weight:

Healthier Weight is the UK's leading private obesity care organisation, offering the most comprehensive range of obesity treatments available anywhere in Europe.

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