I am 46-year-old businessperson from Lucknow and have been maintaining a very balanced, exercised and disciplined lifestyle. Gallstone problem came to me as a surprise on Mar 17, 2014 when I suffered the first attack – intense pain in stomach travelling to my back with no relief from any acidity or pain relief medicines or injections. The next day, my ultrasound report confirmed that I had gallstones and I was advised removal of the gallbladder. As a habit and training, I do a lot of Internet research on any topic concerning my business or life and that led me to single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS). It seemed like such a common sense to opt for SILS – if someone is offering to make only one small cut instead of four and as such, I always believe that technology is improving fast and early adoption of technology is looked by too many with skepticism. Unfortunately, this proved true even for SILS. I spoke to many doctors and wrote to famous international hospitals even in Singapore. However, most of the people told me various factions of their views – someone said “As a doctor, I would never convince myself about the advantages of SILS over normal 4 cut laparoscopic surgery”. Most of the doctors and hospitals said that they did not perform SILS and conventional 4-hole surgery was safer and quicker.
However, I could easily make out (what is actually quite true in my business as well) that in a fast-moving and crowded life in India, everyone wants to run in a safe and conventional way, instead of opting for innovation. There was resistance in my family also to go for SILS as in most of the places we did not hear much high recommendation for SILS. But I listened to my mind and conscience. If I was advocating use of innovation and technology in my own business (non-medical), why should that conviction not apply to my own treatment? I went ahead with 100% confidence on the process and Dr. Deepraj Bhandarkar, who is such an experienced doctor in SILS. Honestly, I saw him as someone who believed and devoted himself to innovation like SILS which is a boon for patients instead of a trial. My SILS surgery was done on April 10, 2014 around 4.30 p.m. and I gained full consciousness by 7 p.m. No dizziness, no nausea, no uneasiness – nothing. I went to use the washroom on my own some 5 hours after my surgery.
Next morning, I had usual light breakfast and the walking had improved to almost 90% of normal level. Second day after surgery, I took a flight back to Lucknow and in fact, conducted a client meeting at the airport before flying!. Within 3-4 days I was quite normal. SILS made me feel this surgery as a pleasant experience with no side effects. I would recommend SILS to anyone who may have doubts against this process rather than conventional 4-cut surgery as the advantages are numerous. It is our body and if someone can do the same thing with one cut instead of four, common sense should prevail. I am writing all this also because I had expected sufficient reviews and experiences about SILS on Internet when I researched the subject but found very little from Indian patients. I am quite sure that awareness needs to be spread in favour of SILS, instead of reservations.