Hysterectomy device pulled off market

July 31, 2014 12:20 AM

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Hysterectomy device pulled off market

WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson is asking surgeons not to use a line of devices for performing hysterectomies and removing growths from the uterus amid regulators' growing concern that the electronic surgical tools raise the risk of spreading cancer to other parts of the body.

In April, J&J suspended sales of the devices, known as laparoscopic power morcellators, after the Food and Drug Administration discouraged doctors from using them. Surgeons use the devices to perform hysterectomies and treat painful fibroids, either by removing the growths themselves or the entire u...

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