FDA Warns of Risk with Powered Surgical Device
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning about an electronic surgical device used in the treatment of uterine fibroids. The device, call a powered morcellator, shreds fibroid tissue so it can be removed more easily through a small incision in the abdomen.
In the process, the device could allow shredded uterine tissue to escape to other parts of the body. Fibroids are non-cancerous growths, but if the powered morcellator used to removed them, disrupts undetected cancerous cells, they could spread and cause cancer in other places. While the risk is small, the FDA issued a warning against the powered morcellator devices.
Women with fibroids should discuss all treatment options thoroughly with a gynecologist. If you have questions or concerns, see Dr. Amy Siegel, OB/GYN who specializes in gynecology. 201-225-2555.