Posts Tagged ‘morcellator’

Fewer women getting minimally invasive hysterectomies since FDA guidelines

A new study adds fuel to an ongoing debate over women’s healthcare: if a surgical procedure associated with dramatically fewer post-operative complications puts some patients at risk for life-threatening cancer, is it worthwhile? Now, a study out of the University of Michigan shows that post-operative complications in hysterectomies grew significantly following that FDA alert. Hospital…

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FDA warns against using laparoscopic power morcellators to treat uterine fibroids

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking immediate steps to help reduce the risk of spreading unsuspected cancer in women being treated for uterine fibroids. In an updated safety communication, originally issued in April 2014, the FDA warns against using laparoscopic power morcellators in the removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) or fibroids (myomectomy)…

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A Medical Device is Sidelined, but Too Late for One Woman

Linda Interlichia arrived alone at her family’s Cape Cod vacation home a half-mile from the beach last fall. Her routine there had been unchanged for years: She opened the doors to let the breeze flow in from the marsh and sat on the deck in the afternoon, sipping a glass of Chardonnay. The second night,…

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Insurance Companies Drop Payments for Morcellation

In a press release on September 18th, Capital BlueCross announced it will no longer pay for laparoscopic hysterectomy morcellation procedures. “The safety and long-term health of our customers is vitally important to Capital BlueCross,” Dr. Jennifer Chambers, senior vice president and chief medical officer, said in the statement. “As a leading health insurer, we are…

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Watch Dr. Oz Talk About Fibroid Morcellation

On Wednesday this week Dr. Oz spoke to his audience about fibroid disease, and the current status of the morcellator. We’ve been discussing morcellation here for several months since the FDA published their warning on it’s use. Dr. Oz had a GYN surgeon who performs fibroid surgery using the morcellator, a patient who had cancer…

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Wall Street Journal Article on Less Invasive Fibroid Treatments

The Wall Street Journal published an article yesterday discussing alternatives to surgery for women who need their fibroid disease treated. Fibroids have traditionally been treated with hysterectomy, or sometimes with laparoscopic myomectomy (fibroid removal). However, in the last several months, women have been unable to have laparoscopic surgery due to the recall of the ‘morcellator’,…

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FDA Advises Against Morcellator Use for Gynecologists

During a laparoscopic or robotic surgery, a surgeon uses very small incisions to insert cameras and working instruments. Laparoscopic surgery has been around for more than 25 years and is performed for common surgeries such as gallbladders, prostates, etc. It has also been used for hysterectomy and myomectomy. The challenge with these two procedures is…

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