Report Finds Doctors Still Using Power Morcellator Despite the Risks

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Report Finds Doctors Still Using Power Morcellator Despite the Risks

Uterine Fibroids, 1913, WikiCommons

Uterine Fibroids, 1913, WikiCommons

Months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned a medical device could spread deadly uterine cancer, many doctors and hospitals are still using it.

The power morcellator made by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) was removed from the market after the FDA warned it could spread undetected uterine cancers.

A report in the Wall Street Journal says some gynecologists are still using morcellators to remove fibroids from the uterus, despite the FDA warning and J&J recall.

In a small number of patients the fibroids actually mask a hidden sarcoma. The morcellator grinds the fibroids, as it’s designed to do, and in the process can also spread an undetected cancer, increasing a patient’s risk between one in 300 to one in 1,000, reports the WSJ.

Who is continuing to use the morcellator?

Atlanta Gynecologist Michael Randell says he has never seen a case of spreading the uterine cancer called leimyosarcoma. He still uses the power morcellator but sometimes put a bag around the tool to hopefully collect stray bits of tissue.

Dr. Jeffrey Thurston, a Dallas gynecologist, believes the risks have been overblown and the FDA should not interfere with patient care.  Dr. Robert Graebe, from Monmouth Medical Center in New Jersey, at first disagreed with the FDA but now  thinks the medical device should be proven safe before it is put back into use.

ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) says many doctors defend the use of the morcellator with more patient informed consent.

While the Johnson & Johnson morcellator is off the shelf, a competitor Richard Wolf GmbH, is picking up the slack.

Read the story in the Wall Street Journal and download a free eBook Deadly Medicine about the medical doctor who was diagnosed with advanced cancer after her morcellating procedure.


Learn More:

WSJ, September 22, 2014, Gynecologists Resist FDA Over Surgical Tool, here

WSJ Deadly Medicine, eBook, Download here

Power Morcellator and the Risk of Uterine Sarcoma Dissemination, Dan Bolton here

FDA Expert Panelist Out Due to Conflict of Interest, August 2014, Mesh News Desk here

By |2014-09-22T22:26:15+00:00September 22nd, 2014|Medical News, Morcellator Injuries|2 Comments

About the Author:

I’m National News Editor, Jane Akre and I began Mesh Medical Device News Desk aka Mesh News Desk (MND) in the summer of 2011 just after the Food and Drug Administration issued an explicit warning to the public that complications associated with surgical mesh used for prolapse repair (POP) and incontinence (SUI) are NOT rare! That was the starting point for the litigation you see today and thousands of lawsuits have been filed by women whose lives have been altered, some permanently, by the use of this petroleum-based product.


  1. msm September 24, 2014 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Dr. OZ had a show against morcellation today with experts on both sides. It’s probably on his website. He’s VERY much against taking the risk of using it and wants surgeons to stop!

  2. Dean September 29, 2014 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Makes me wonder who is in charge who is really running the show it seems no one seems to give a crap about any rules or regulations

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