Single port appendectomy using the EK glove port: a cost-effective innovation
Epublication WebSurg.com, Oct 2011;11(10). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en3399
Single port laparoscopic surgery has emerged to enhance the cosmetic benefits and to decrease morbidity in minimally invasive surgery. However, this technique requires a specialized multichannel port (to introduce the laparoscope and instruments) which is very costly and not affordable for the majority of the population. We have improvised a single port access system using readily available materials like surgical gloves, the rigid plastic ring, the inner flexible ring and conventional laparoscopic trocars (the EK Port) with no added cost for the patient. This also eliminates the need for an Alexis® wound retractor. We have performed about 130 single port surgeries since September 2009 using this technique without any complications.