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Doctor the first in area to offer minimally invasive procedure
La Grange – A doctor who treats patients at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital became the first Chicago-area physician to offer a minimally invasive surgery to women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse. Dr. Arturo Menchaca, a urogynecologist who also treats patients at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, has performed more than 15 procedures using the Pinnacle pelvic floor repair kit since its nationwide launch April 1.

Pelvic organ prolapse or similar pelvic floor disorders affect about one-third of American women over their lifetime. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that, along with the tissues surrounding them, keep the bladder, uterus, vagina, small bowel and rectum in place. Sometimes following childbirth and as women age, these muscles and tissues develop problems, which can lead to prolapse, a descending or drooping of the pelvic organs. Urinary and anal incontinence also can occur. Treatments include surgery.

Surgery using the Pinnacle device, created by Boston Scientific Corporation, is easier and less invasive than traditional surgery and there’s less risk of injury to the major pelvic organs, Menchaca said. The new technology includes a single-use device that is customizable for each patient.

“As the Baby Boomers continue aging, there will be a greater need for this type of procedure,” said Menchaca, one of the few urogynecologists in the area. “We are excited to offer the Pinnacle system as a less invasive option for repairing pelvic organ prolapse.”

Laura Morrow, a 46-year-old inside sales representative and resident of far south suburban Manhattan, was one of Menchaca’s first patients using the Pinnacle system. She was referred to Menchaca after suffering through years of urinary incontinence. Through testing he determined that her incontinence was caused by pelvic organ prolapse. Menchaca recommended she undergo a pelvic floor reconstruction procedure.

“Before, I probably couldn’t walk across the parking lot without wetting myself,” said Morrow, who has three children and one granddaughter. “I couldn’t lift anything up, cough, sneeze or laugh – do things most people take for granted – without having an accident.” 

Morrow underwent the surgery at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital and was back at work a week later with no major discomfort. She said the procedure improved her quality of life.

“I just got the all-clear to go back to yoga class,” she said. “I’m very happy to be able to do the things I can enjoy without embarrassment.”

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Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.  To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.