Risk of Morcellators Spreading Cancer 9 Times Higher Than Doctor Warnings
New research published by doctors at the University of Michigan in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology contributes to a growing body of scientific findings that refutes claims of morcellation safety. This large study, which included a diverse group of thousands of women at more than 50 hospitals across the country, determined that 1 of every 268 hysterectomy patients has undetected uterine sarcoma, which was likely spread if a morcellator was used in that procedure. Women who underwent this gynecological surgery with a morcellation device should be cautioned of “the possibility of poorer prognosis should an unidentified malignancy be morcellated.” Even more significantly, the study concluded a 1 in approximately 1,000 patient rate of undetected uterine cancer for those undergoing myomectomies with morcellators. This rate is more than 9 times the risk doctors have been quoting patients over the last several years.