Many gynecologists continue to use power morcellators to remove fibroid tissues despite warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the devices can spread unseen cancer.
Power morcellators cut fibroid tissues into small pieces that can be extracted through small incisions. The laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgical technique is supposed to allow patients to recover more quickly with fewer complications and less blood loss. About 50,000 morcellation procedures are performed each year. In April 2014, the FDA asked surgeons to place a moratorium on morcellators in a safety advisory, but some doctors have ignored the agency’s pleas, saying the risks are overblown, according to EmpowerHER.com. More Some Gynecologists are Still Using Power Morcellation to Remove Uterine Fibroid Growths Even After the FDA Warned They Could Spread Cancer