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Learn about minimally invasive procedure at free lecture
La Grange – Learn about single incision hysterectomy, a minimally invasive procedure, at a free lecture presented by Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. Dr. Arturo Menchaca, nationally-recognized instructor and specialist in urogynecology and pelvic reconstruction, is pioneering new surgical techniques that only require a single incision. This new type of advanced laparoscopic surgery results in less scarring and less pain than alternative procedures.

Using this innovative technique, the surgeon makes a small incision in the patient’s belly button and inserts a single, flexible port that can accommodate up to three laparoscopic instruments. The device, known as the SILS™ Port Multiple Instrument Access Port, is manufactured by North Haven, Conn.-based Covidien, a leading global provider of healthcare products. Before this technology was introduced, surgeons had to make several incisions, leaving multiple visible scars. Entering through the umbilicus, however, results in a single “hidden scar.”

Laparoscopy, which comes from the Greek words “to look into the abdomen,” utilizes small incisions and pencil-thin tubes equipped with lighting systems and miniature video cameras. It is used to diagnose and treat many gynecologic problems, including ectopic pregnancy, cysts, pelvic pain, and endometriosis. Compared to traditional invasive surgery, laparoscopy often results in better patient outcomes including less scarring, less pain and quicker recovery times. Better yet are laparoscopic procedures performed through a single incision, said Menchaca, who also specializes in urogynecology.

“These emerging techniques have the potential to revolutionize gynecological surgery,” Menchaca said. “Laparoscopic surgery is like building ships in a bottle. The procedures are technically challenging and require a very delicate touch.”

“Single Incision Hysterectomy,” part of the MDConnect series, is scheduled from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Dixon Education Center at the hospital, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road, La Grange. There is no cost to attend but seating is limited, so registration is recommended. To register, call (630) 856-7525 or visit and click on “Education & Events.”