Laparoscopic power morcellators can be used by surgeons to divide or shred tissue when performing laparascopic procedures such as hysterectomies. In 2013 two law suits raised questions on the use of morcellators when patients who had received the procedure questioned whether the morcellator caused cancerous tissue to be spread in their abdomens.
Following many months of press and legal coverage on this issue, the FDA released a statement discouraging the use of morcellation tools for hysterectomy or myomectomy. The FDA statistics estimate 1 in 350 women undergoing a hysterectomy or myomectomy may have cancerous tissue. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) estimates that the figure is 1 in 2000.
Please read a previous blog – “Being Your Own Advocate“. If you are considering surgery, it might be beneficial to add the following to your to-do list.
1. Find a physician that comes well recommended and has a good track record.
2. Develop a customized treatment plan with your physician that fits your specific needs.
3. Understand your surgery, prep and post-surgery as best you can (i.e. watch a video, research, ask questions).
The morcellation dynamics are still being debated, and probably will continue to be for some time to come. Managing your own care can provide peace of mind. Don’t be afraid to ask for exactly what you wish.
Health and Blessings,
“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
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