Warning: Power Morcellator
devices linked to uterine cancer.
What are Power Morcellators?
A power morcellator is a small surgical instrument that uses tiny blades to break up large tissue masses into smaller fragments, making it easier to remove them from the body. Power morcellators are used by gynecologists while performing hysterectomies or removing uterine fibroids, the device allows for smaller incisions and less invasive surgery than a traditional hysterectomy.
Dangers of Power Morcellator Use
Although women are screened for forms of uterine cancer before undergoing a procedure using a power morcellator, some uterine cancers can mimic the appearance of benign uterine fibroids. If the tissue harboring cancerous cells is extracted using a power morcellator, fragments of the cells can spread to other parts of the body, dispersing the disease. The FDA issued a warning in April of 2014 discouraging the use of power morcellators during the removal of uterine fibroids and hysterectomies due to the risk of spreading undetected cancerous tissues.