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Electric Power Morcellation Use Down Following FDA Warning

Hysterectomies done with power morcellators have dropped significantly

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The use of power morcellators has dropped significantly for hysterectomies since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned against their use two years ago, according to a research letter published in the Aug. 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Jason Wright, M.D., an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, and colleagues collected data on 203,520 women who had a hysterectomy. Among these women, 57.8 percent had a minimally invasive procedure.

The researchers note that, in 2013, 13.7 percent of minimally invasive hysterectomies were done using power morcellation. By 2015, the use of power morcellation had dropped to 2.8 percent. Abdominal hysterectomies have again become more common, with no increase seen in major complication rates.

“Electric power morcellation declined after the FDA warning, whereas use of abdominal hysterectomy increased,” the authors write. “Paradoxically, although the rate of abdominal hysterectomy increased, no change in the rate of major perioperative complications was found.”

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