FDA advisory on surgical device divides doctors

The Wall Street Journal, May 22, 2014
An advisory from the Food and Drug Administration that strongly cautioned doctors against performing a common surgical procedure on women is upending the landscape of gynecological care across the U.S. The FDA surprised gynecologists last month when it issued an advisory against using a device called a laparoscopic power morcellator, saying it can spread a dangerous hidden cancer. The bladed tool is used in minimally invasive surgeries to slice up and remove uterine growths called fibroids, sometimes as part of a hysterectomy. No figures are available on how many doctors have chosen to heed the nonbinding warning, which the agency plans to revisit at a hearing this summer. [Subscription Required]

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