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Congressman urges medical device reforms as part of Cancer Moonshot

Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), in a letter to Vice President Joe Biden, applauded the efforts of the Obama Administration’s Cancer Moonshot program to make cancer “a thing of the past” and developing a virtual Center of Excellence within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But the Congressman stressed that while it is critically important to support the development of innovative new devices and drugs to treat cancer, it is just as critical to implement meaningful reforms to make medical devices safe. “Unfortunately, for decades, a medical device known as a laparoscopic power morcellator proved tragically unsafe, spread cancer throughout the ... Read More

Husband’s efforts curb use of dangerous power morcellator gynecological device

Doctors treating Dr. Amy Reed’s rare form of uterine cancer are experimenting with immune therapies in hopes of keeping the anesthesiologist alive. She and her husband, Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, have been advocating for the ban of a gynecological medical device they say caused the spread of her uterine sarcoma, called leiomyosarcoma. “The irony has not escaped us that we both did our PhDs in immunology,” she told Philly.com. “We speak the scientific language and are uniquely posted to fight this.” Reed has undergone numerous surgeries and chemotherapy treatments to fight the disease, but she was at a sore disadvantage when ... Read More

Doctors fighting to ban deadly power morcellation procedures

Two Philadelphia-area doctors said they were horrified when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety communication discouraging use of power morcellation for hysterectomies or uterine fibroid removal. The surgical tools had been blamed for spreading undiagnosed uterine cancer and worsening patients’ odds of survival. Drs. Amy Reed and her husband Hooman Noorchashm say the devices should be banned because they are deadly. Power morcellators are surgical tools that are fitted with a long blade that minces entire uteruses or uterine growths inside the abdominal cavity and removes the tissue through a small incision. About 50,000 power morecellation procedures have been ... Read More

Aetna dropping power morcellator coverage for routine use

Another major health insurer has announced it will stop covering routine use of the laparoscopic power morcellator, a surgical tool used to perform hysterectomies and uterine fibroid removals. Aetna Inc., made the announcement this week based on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Safety Advisory earlier this year recommending against use of the device in most women due to the risk of spreading undiagnosed uterine cancer and making the cancer more difficult to treat. Power morcellators are devices fitted with a blade that finely minces entire uteruses or uterine fibroids within the uterine cavity and removes them through a small ... Read More

UnitedHealth to require permission before covering power morcellation

UnitedHealth insurance announced it soon will require doctors to get permission before performing hysterectomies with a controversial surgical procedure known as power morcellation. The news comes after a wave of reports that power morcellation for hysterectomies and myomectomies – the removal of uterine fibroids – can increase the risk of spreading undetected cancer and worsen a woman’s odds of survival. Power morcellators are surgical tools fitted with a blade that minces uterine fibroids or entire uteruses within the uterine cavity and removes the tissue through a small incision in the abdomen. The procedures have been favored by doctors over more traditional ... Read More

Power morcellation for hysterectomy a greater cancer spread risk

Women who underwent a power morcellation procedure for hysterectomy had a greater risk of the tool spreading undetected cancer than women who had the same procedure for uterine fibroid removal, according to a new study published in JAMA Oncology. A laparoscopic power morcellator is a surgical tool fitted with a blade that minces uterine fibroids or entire uteruses into small bits and removes them through a small incision in the abdomen. The procedures have become a preferred method for hysterectomies or myomectomies (uterine fibroid removal) over open surgeries because they are less invasive, leave less scar tissue, and offer less ... Read More

3 surgical tools that can make you sick

Some specialized surgical tools used to diagnose and treat various medical conditions can sicken and even worsen the odds of survival in some patients, according to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Safety Alerts issued in recent months. Patients undergoing procedures with these surgical tools are advised to discuss with their doctors the risks and benefits of using these devices, and whether proper measures are being taken to ensure their safety. Duodenoscopes – These specialized endoscopes have flexible parts that are fed down a patient’s throat to treat gallstones, cancers and other digestive system problems. More than 500,000 duodenoscope procedures are ... Read More

Johns Hopkins dramatically limits use of power morcellation for uterine fibroid, uterus removal

Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore has announced it is no longer using laparoscopic power morcellaors to remove uterine fibroids or perform hysterectomies in women older than 50 years of age in order to minimize the risk of spreading undiagnosed uterine cancer. The announcement comes on the heels of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety advisory in which the agency strongly discouraged use of the surgical tools for hysterectomies and myomectomies (uterine fibroid removal) in the vast majority of women. The alert followed a safety review prompted by concerns that the devices could spread a type of uterine cancer known ... Read More

Power morcellation can spread cancer, benign uterine disease

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is discouraging use of laparoscopic power morcellation procedures for hysterectomies and myomectomies (removal of uterine fibroids) due to the risk of spreading undetected cancer and worsening the odds of survival. But even in patients without cancer, the procedure can spread benign uterine disease resulting in morbidity and the need for more extensive surgeries, according to a study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. Power morcellators are surgical tools that are used to shred uterine fibroids or entire uteruses inside the body and remove them through small incisions in the abdomen. The devices are ... Read More

FDA warning about cancer spread with morcellator gynecological tool comes 20 years too late

For many people, the Food and Drug Administration’s warning to physicians to stop using a morcellator, a type of surgical tool used in about 50,000 gynecological procedures annually in the United States, seemed to come out of nowhere. But the message was startling: Use of the device could result in the spread of hidden cancer and, ultimately, worsen the odds of a patient’s survival. The warning was issued last month after multiple cases emerged this year of women whose cancers were worsened after undergoing hysterectomies or myomectomies (uterine fibroid removal) with a surgical tool known as a laparoscopic power morcellator. ... Read More