Wednesday, July 16, 2014

When a hysterectomy does more harm than good

Being a medical transcriptionist, I've transcribed plenty of hysterectomy procedures for physicians over the years. When I was around 7 years old, my mom had a hysterectomy. Basically, a hysterectomy is a procedure in which a woman's uterus is removed. Hysterectomies are performed for many different reasons, including uterine fibroids, uterine prolapse, endometriosis, abnormal vaginal bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, thickening of the uterus, or cancer of the uterus, cervix, or ovaries. Hysterectomy performed for non-cancerous reasons is usually considered only after all other treatment approaches have been tried without success, however, uterine cancer is not always detected prior to having a hysterectomy. A power morcellator is a medical device used in laparoscopic surgeries such as hysterectomies to cut tissue into small pieces to be removed from the body and in cases where uterine cancer is undetected prior to a hysterectomy, this power morcellator device could do more harm than good because the morcellator dices up and spreads unsuspected cancer inside the woman's body.

Here are some alarming statistics you may or may not know about:

  • Hysterectomy is the second most common surgery among women in the United States
  • By age 70, one out of three American women will have had a hysterectomy
  • 90% of these surgeries are done to remove fibroids (non-cancerous tumors found in the uterus)
  • The average lifespan following accidental morcellation of sarcoma is only 24-36 months
  • Only 15% of woman who have leiomyosarcoma (LMS) that has spread (stage IV) will be alive after 5 years
  • Women with sarcoma who are morcellated are about four times more likely to die from sarcoma than if they had not been morcellated 
If you or a loved one has undergone a hysterectomy and has been affected by a power morcellation device, you may want to check out the following link for more information: http://www.recallcenter.com/power-morcellator/lawsuit

1 comment:

  1. I had a hysterctomy many years ago. This doctor did so many that he was let go and not able to practice in the hospital in our town.

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