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HEALTH LITERACY – PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE
Power Morcellators-- intended to shred fibroid tissue so it could be easily removed through a small incision-- is the latest medical alarm device. The shredding ended up inadvertently spreading cancer that had not been detected. Of course, this is more complicated than it sounds. Bottom line is – get as much information as you can before agreeing to new procedures that can cause more harm than they prevent.
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The FDA says surgical instruments called Power Morcellators may be responsible for seeding cancer in women who had hysterectomies or had uterine fibroids removed. In certain liver and spleen surgeries, the devices may spread cancerous tissue in both men and women.
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In April 2014, the FDA issued a safety communication discouraging the use of laparoscopic power morcellators for the removal of the uterus and uterine fibroids. Based on an analysis of currently available data, it cited a risk of the spread of unsuspected cancerous tissue.
The agency stated that analysis indicated that about one of every 350 women who undergo hysterectomy or myomectomy for uterine fibroids have uterine sarcoma, and there is no reliable method for predicting whether a woman with fibroids may have a uterine sarcoma.
In response, Johnson & Johnson immediately suspended worldwide sales of its laparoscopic power morcellators. The FDA intends to convene a public meeting of the agency’s Obstetrics and Gynecological Medical Device Advisory Committee to discuss the possibility of further action.
http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm393576... Official FDA Site
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