Bariatric surgeon, Dr. Paul Macik, completed the first single-incision gastric bypass (Roux-en-Y) surgery in Georgia, as well as the first single-incision vertical sleeve gastrectomy in the state. The procedures were both performed at Northside Hospital.
In a traditional laparoscopic surgery, surgeons make several small incisions for the instruments and camera needed to perform the procedure. However, in a single-incision surgery, the surgeon uses a single 4.5-centimeter incision, often at the bellybutton, to reduce the appearance of scarring. The single-incision procedure is the same operation as that of the multi-incision procedure except that it offers less pain and scarring, a faster recovery and a quicker return to everyday activities.