FDA warning on power morcellators in treatment for uterine fibroids
If your doctor recommends a hysterectomy or myomectomy to treat your uterine fibroids, ask your doctor if a power morcellator will be used. Power morcellators break uterine fibroids into small pieces to remove them more easily. Recently, the FDA warned against the use of power morcellators for most women. This is because uterine tissue may contain undiagnosed cancer. While breaking up the uterine tissue, power morcellators can spread an undiagnosed cancer to other parts of the body without your doctor knowing it. Most uterine fibroids are not cancerous, but there is no way to know for sure until the fibroids are removed and tested.