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September 10th, 2014 | Leave a comment by   in General Surgery, Health Alerts, Robotic Surgery, Women's Health

Fibroid Surgery Risks Explained

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When Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson, in July voluntarily recalled a tool gynecologic surgeons had been using to help remove uterine fibroids, doctors and women alike took note. Ethicon’s recall of its power morcellators, used by surgeons since 1998 to grind up fibroids before removing them from a woman’s body through small incisions, was in response to an increasing number of reports that the shredding of the tissue, in some cases, was spreading a deadly type of uterine cancer, previously undetected in some women, throughout their pelvic cavity. In a statement sent to Reuters about the voluntary withdrawal of the devices, the company said it wanted to allow time for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the medical community to sort through the reports coming to light and establish further guidelines and technology to reduce the risk to patients. It’s important to note that other manufacturers of similar morcellators have not yet followed...

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