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Doctors investigate safer options for uterine fibroid removal

A new surgical tool is providing women who suffer from the symptoms of uterine fibroid tumors with another treatment option. Uterine fibroids are muscular tumors that grow within the uterine wall. They are usually benign. As many as 80 percent of women 50 years of age and older have uterine fibroids. Many women have mild or no symptoms. But others can experience menstrual bleeding so heavy for several days that they can become anemic. Other symptoms include menstrual cramping, pain in the pelvis or lower back, pain during intercourse, increased urination, pressure or fullness in the lower abdomen, and swelling ... 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

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

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

Major hospital chain bans power morcellation for gynecological surgeries

HCA Holdings Inc., a for-profit chain of about 160 hospitals and 115 surgery centers in 20 states, announced it will no longer perform gynecological surgery using a laparoscopic power morcellator tool after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that using the surgical device could spread cancer and worsen a woman’s odds of survival. Power morcellators are drill-like surgical tools that are used to mince uterine fibroids or entire uteruses inside the body and remove them through small incisions in the abdomen. Since the tools were introduced in the 1990s, they have been favored by many doctors because they are ... Read More

Widowers angry with FDA for not banning laparoscopic power morcellation

Two widowers say they are disappointed in the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision not to ban a surgical tool blamed for worsening their wives’ uterine cancer. After months of deliberation, the agency opted instead to add a black box warning on laparoscopic power morcellation for the removal of uteruses or uterine fibroids, and to strongly discourage surgeons from using the devices for these procedures. “It’s weak,” said Frank Interlichia, whose wife Linda died two weeks ago. “It still leaves a lot of room for more women to be hurt. I don’t know what they’re waiting for. I wish they could ... Read More

Gynecological device can spread rare form of uterine cancer

A surgical tool used to perform laparoscopic hysterectomies and myomectomies (removal of fibroid growths) is being blamed on spreading of undetected uterine cancer and worsening the odds of survival. Power morcellators are handheld surgical tools that are generally used with a tube-shaped blade. The device grinds up benign uterine growths or entire uteruses inside the pelvic cavity and then removes them through small incisions in the abdomen. This procedure is often preferred over open surgery because it is less invasive, offers shorter recovery time, and less scarring. Uterine fibroids are benign, but on rare occasions there can be leiomyosarcoma – ... Read More

Less invasive procedure for hysterectomy, fibroid removal could spread cancer

Laparoscopic hysterectomy using a surgical tool called a power morcellator doesn’t improve outcome over other minimally invasive options for surgery, and because of the risk of spreading undetected cancer, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says vaginal hysterectomies using robots are the best option. Both manual laparoscopy and robotic surgery operate through small incisions, which offers shorter recovery time and less scaring than open surgery. During both types of procedures to remove the uterus or just uterine fibroids, some doctors also use a handheld surgical tool called the power morcellator. The tool is typically used with a tube-shaped blade that ... Read More

Widower driven to call for ban of surgical tool that spread wife’s uterine cancer

George Leuzzi says he will do what he can to push for a ban of power morcellation tools used to remove uterine fibroids or perform hysterectomies in an effort to protect women from the aggressive spreading of uterine cancer that took his wife’s life. Brenda Leuzzi passed away earlier this month, just two years after undergoing laparoscopic surgery using a power morcellator to remove uterine fibroids. Once the removed tissue was examined, doctors discovered that she had a type of uterine cancer known as uterine sarcoma. The surgical tool, which shreds fibroids and in some cases entire uteruses to be ... Read More

Cancer Society warns against power morcellation for uterine fibroid removal

Women who have undergone laparoscopic hysterectomy or myomectomy (surgery to remove uterine fibroids) procedures and were told that their test results were normal should continue regular visits with their doctor and promptly report any symptoms of problems, the American Cancer Society advises. The notice is in response to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning for women and doctors that laparoscopic power morcellation procedures for hysterectomies or myomectomies can cause undetected cancer to spread throughout the uterus, worsening the odds of survival. Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths in the uterus. They are very common and generally do not cause symptoms. However, ... Read More