In this day and age of innovation, something new is happening in the medical world almost every single day. Newer treatments and therapies are constantly being discovered. Fresher, cheaper synthetic drugs are taking over the organic, expensive ones. Invasive procedures are being replaced with laparoscopic, “keyhole” procedures. And these are happening really fast.
The use of power morcellator during a hysterectomy (surgery involving the uterus, the cervix, and other adjacent structures) is considered one of many innovations at the turn of the century. This medical device is used to remove benign (non-cancerous) uterine mass along the inside lining of the uterus, called uterine fibroids. It works by breaking the masses down to smaller pieces before vacuuming it out of the uterus.
Before power morcellators were used, doctors would have to perform an abdominal surgery to remove the fibroids. For certain cases, a patient might be required to take hormonal contraceptives, although this would not be a good choice for a woman who is trying to become pregnant.
But almost any innovation also has its own downside. According to website of Williams Kherkher (view website), power morcellators have been associated with cases of endometrial (or uterine) cancer. But how can this device actually cause cancer? In an announcement made by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2014, the agency said 1 in 350 women who underwent procedure to remove uterine fibroids have undetected uterine sarcoma, a disease involving malignant cancer cells in the muscles of the uterus.
The use of this device during a laparoscopic procedure may actually break down and spread these unsuspected cancer tissues in the uterus and in the surrounding structures within the pelvis and the abdomen. To date, more and more women have been filing legal action against the manufacturers of these devices for their failure to inform medical professionals and the public about the cancer risk associated with its use.