The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that laparoscopic power morcellation, a device used during uterine surgery in the vast majority of women, should be avoided.
Nearly 50,000 women a year in the United States undergo power morcellation surgery. The devices have been widely used in surgeries to remove fibroid tumors from the uterus, or to remove the entire uterus. Morcellators cut fibroid tissue into small pieces so they can be easily removed from the body, according to The New York Times (Times). More FDA Warns Against Laparoscopic Power Morcellation in Uterine Surgery