WASHINGTON D.C. — In a move that could hasten the doom of the deadly power morcellator surgical device, various members of Congress reached out to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting the agency investigate.
A bipartisan group of 12 representatives formally asked in writing that the agency investigate the power morcellator and claims the device spreads cancer in women. The letter was written by Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and included high ranking democrats such as Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT). GAO spokesman Chuck Young said the agency would decide whether to investigate after considering factors including the availability of data, potential legal obstacles, and investigations that may be underway.
The GAO is a respected independent agency that provides Congress reports, audits, evaluations, and investigative services. Its reports are used extensively by both sides of the congressional aisle, the White House, the private sector, and other government entities. An investigation by the GAO into the power morcellator and a resulting report would put increasing pressure on the FDA to actually ban the device.
The laparoscopic power morcellator is a small robotic surgical device that is meant to make invasive surgical procedures easier and more manageable. It is most commonly used in hysterectomies or uterine fibroid removal (myomectomy) in women. It slices up the uterus or fibroid tissue into small pieces so that they can be extracted out of the body through a small incision in the abdomen. The tissue is pulled out of the body through a thin, sharp cylinder.
Initially, this device made what was once an intensive procedure much quicker and safer for women. Now, hundreds of women are finding the small device exposes them to extremely aggressive and deadly forms of cancer. Uterine fibroids are harmless tissue masses that are common in many women, especially older women. The problem lies in the fact that prior to surgery, it is impossible to tell the difference between fibroids and a dangerous form of uterine sarcoma that is often dormant in the body. It is only after surgery and a follow-up cancer screening is the malignancy revealed. When a morcellator is used, the tissue is shredded into small pieces and pulled through the body. This “wakes up” the cancerous cells and allows for them to quickly spread to areas of the patient’s body they would normally have limited to no exposure.
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