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Many Doctors Not Heeding FDA Warning to Stop Surgical Procedure

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Dr. Jeffrey Thurston, a Dallas obstetrician and gynecologist who has practiced for three decades, told WSJ, "it is none of their business." Thurston performs 80 percent of his hysterectomies with a morcellator.

Thurston asks patients undergoing power morcellation to sign an informed-consent document that describes the cancer-spreading risk and puts the undetected cancer risk at between 1 in 300 and 1 in 1,000.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists argue that with more stringent patient selection, the device remains an important tool.

The FDA acknowledges the limited evidence that morcellation spreads hidden cancer. But the FDA also stresses the consistency across small studies showing a worsened prognosis when hidden cancers are cut up inside the body.

The FDA recommends that women considering uterine surgery discuss all options with their doctors. If laparoscopic techniques are the only available choice, be sure to ask if a power morcellator will be used.

If you are a woman who has already had a procedure done with a power morcellator, it is crucial to follow up with your doctor.

Sources:

Cohen, Judy. "Power Morcellation and women’s health: What you should know | Bloggish." Jewish Journal News. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Oct. 2014.
http://www.jewishjournal.com/bloggish/item/power_morcellation_and_womens_health_what_you_should_know

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Levitz, Jennifer, and Jon Kamp. "Gynecologists Resist FDA Over Popular Surgical Tool." The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, n.d. Web. 3 Oct. 2014.
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Luhana, Roopal. "New York, New York." New York Personal Injury Lawyer RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Oct. 2014.
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