Minimally invasive single-site surgery for the digestive system: A technological review

J Minim Access Surg. 2011 Jan;7(1):40-51. doi: 10.4103/0972-9941.72381.


Minimally Invasive Single Site (MISS) surgery is a better terminology to explain the novel concept of scarless surgery, which is increasingly making its way into clinical practice. But, there are some difficulties. We review the existing technologies for MISS surgery with regards to single-port devices, endoscope and camera, instruments, retractors and also the future perspectives for the evolution of MISS surgery. While we need to move ahead cautiously and wait for the development of appropriate technology, we believe that the "Ultimate form of Minimally Invasive Surgery" will be a hybrid form of MISS surgery and Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery, complimented by technological innovations from the fields of robotics and computer-assisted surgery.

Keywords: Laparoendoscopic single site surgery; minimally invasive single site surgery; single port access; single-incision laparoscopic surgery; surgical technology.