Two More Prominent Hospitals Halt Hysterectomy Procedure

by Rachel Baker on April 24, 2014

Alright, Ladies, this one is for you…be aware of what devices are being used on your lady parts. Be self-aware enough to ask the questions that need to be ask to protect your body from future concerns.

Two additional prominent medical institutions said Wednesday they are halting the use of a popular surgical device after the Food and Drug Administration warned last week that the instrument, which is used in some hysterectomies, can spread cancer.

Both Cleveland Clinic and the University of Pennsylvania Health System said they are suspending use of so-called power morcellators in procedures to remove painful but common uterine growths known as symptomatic fibroids. About 40% of hysterectomies are performed to treat fibroids.

“I think the public feels that we need to act immediately, and public safety is the No. 1 concept we’re trying to promote,” said Tommaso Falcone, chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Cleveland Clinic. He said the hospital would make a decision on whether to permanently ban the devices in the coming months after an expected FDA hearing on the issue.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, both affiliated with Harvard Medical School, imposed similar moratoriums last week. A spokeswoman for the University of Pennsylvania Health System confirmed the hospital is imposing a similar temporary ban and watching for further guidance from the FDA.

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