Hospitals Abandon Power Morcellators
Posted on behalf of Arnold Law Firm on Dec 15, 2014 in Defective Healthcare Products
While many insurance companies began to restrict the use of power morcellators in the aftermath of the FDA's uterine cancer alerts in April 2014, hospitals have been slow to follow in their wake. On November 24, 2014, the FDA issued a power morcellation safety update.
In the new safety communication, the FDA urges doctors and patients to consider alternatives to power morcellation when the procedure is targeting uterine fibroids.
Based on the FDA's review of the medical evidence, the use of power morcellators in uterine fibroid surgeries poses a serious risk of spreading dangerous cancers throughout the abdominal and pelvic regions.
As the evidence against the use of power morcellators continues to mount, more and more hospitals are restricting the procedure. Recently, the nations largest chain of hospitals has announced that it will no longer be permitting its surgeons to use laparoscopic power morcellators to remove uterine fibroid tumors or conduct full hysterectomies.
HCA Holdings Inc., a hospital chain that owns more than 150 hospitals and more than 100 surgery centers has declared power morcellators unsafe. The hospitals and surgery centers are spread across 20 states, and the new policy will go into effect in all of those markets.
Since the FDA has not banned the use of power morcellators, it is up to individual hospital administrators and insurance companies to restrict the procedure.
At Arnold Law Firm, we are pleased to see large hospitals begin to take serious steps towards ensuring the safety of women who undergo gynecological surgeries.
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