FDA reviews morcellators for hysterectomies, fibroids

July 12, 2014 3:22 AM

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FDA reviews morcellators for hysterectomies, fibroids

A federal panel seemed moved over the past two days by testimony from surgeons, statisticians and heartbroken family members about the risks of a device commonly used in gynecologic surgery such as hysterectomies.

Although the Food and Drug Administration panel is purely advisory, the majority of members seemed inclined to limit or end the use of the device, called a power morcellator. The FDA has "discouraged" the use of the morcellators since April and is considering whether to ban them, limit their use or ...

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