What Are Power Morcellators?
Power Morcellators are medical devices used by surgeons during laparoscopic hysterectomy (uterus removal) or myomectomy (fibroid removal). These instruments are tiny devices with rotating blades that break large tissue masses into smaller pieces or fragments, which can be easily vacuumed away and out of the body.
Power Morcellators were developed to reduce the size of tissue so that it can be removed through small incision sites. This allows surgeons to make smaller incisions in the body, which may lead to quicker patient recoveries, less post-operative pain and fewer wound complications.
What Are The Side Effects of Power Morcellators
Power Morcellators have been linked to cancers such as leiomyosarcoma, uterine sarcomas, endometrial sacral sarcoma and other cancer of the uterus. This is because laparoscopic Power Morcellators spray minute fragments of tissue, which may include tissue containing undetected cancerous cells, throughout the pelvic and abdominal cavities. According to the FDA, women undergoing surgery to remove fibroids have a one-in-350 risk that their fibroids are cancerous. The use of Power Morcellators in surgery can spread the cancer and significantly worsen the patient’s odds of long-term survival. Women undergoing surgery to remove their uterus also may have a hidden uterine cancer that can be spread by a Morcellator.