AMSTERDAM — A study published by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology confirms cancer risks around the power morcellator. This follows up to the FDA’s recent black box warning on the device and further justifies the widespread concern that the surgical device spreads cancer in women undergoing standard procedures.
Details of the Study
The study was conducted by researchers from Kaiser Permanente. The purpose of the study was to determine if dangerous uterine sarcoma (cancer) – that is often hidden within or under benign fibroids – can be identified prior to a morcellator procedure. One of the major risks of the power morcellator is the risk of spreading the hidden cancer cells when it is used to shred the fibroids. The study found that of the 941 women who underwent fibroid removal, 10 were later diagnosed with cancer. The overall incidence of uterine sarcoma was 6 out of 941. Three of the six patients had sarcoma diagnosed on initial pathology of the morcellated fibroid.
These results show it is nearly impossible for doctors to know in advance if there is a hidden sarcoma near or in the uterine fibroid. As such, the fear of cancer being spread when the morcellator is used is a very real concern. While this may not definitively prove the use of the power morcellator can result in cancer, it certainly gives credence to the FDA’s black box labeling and to the significantly decreased use of the device by surgeons.
Issues with the Power Morcellator
The power morcellator is surgical device used in minimally invasive procedures to remove fibrous tissue in the uterus or for use in a myomectomy or hysterectomy. The device shreds the uterine tissue so it may be pulled through a small incision in the abdomen. However, as the study, the FDA’s labeling decision, and recent lawsuits have found, the morcellator risks spreading a very deadly form of cancer. Metastatic Leiomyosarcoma is an unpredictable form of uterine cancer that often remains dormant for many years. It occurs primarily in women between 40 to 60 years old. When the morcellator shreds the benign tissue, it exposes, shreds, and spreads the hidden cancerous cells. The result is women suffering a very aggressive form of cancer reaching other organs and tissues in the body. It has been found that 1 in 350 women undergoing such a procedure were found to have an unsuspected or previously undetected type of uterine cancer.
The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s study confirms the fear that there is no way to know in advance if the use of the morcellator will spread deadly cancerous cells. Because is no outright ban on the device (yet), the morcellator may still be used in common uterine procedures – putting women at grave risk.
If you or a loved one has received fibroid-related treatment, myomectomy, or a hysterectomy from a medical provider that has not banned the use of power morcellators, there is a chance you are in danger of more serious health complications or the risk of cancer being spread.
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