Healthcare insurer Aetna Inc. has announced that it will stop covering the routine use of laparoscopic power morcellators, marking a major hit to a controversial surgical tool that has been found to spread undetected cancer in women during routine gynecologic procedures.
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What’s the Problem?
May 5, 2015 – Aetna will begin implementing its new healthcare plan later this month, according to a company spokesperson. The updated policy will not provide coverage for power morcellation, commonly used to remove fibroids during hysterectomy surgery, under most circumstances.
Power Morcellators May Spread Cancer: FDA Warning
In April 2014, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned that 1 in 150 women who undergo fibroid surgery have undiagnosed cancers called sarcomas, a rate much higher than previously estimated. FDA updated its warning in November 2014, saying that morcellators should not be used on most women. The agency also called on manufacturers to include a “black box” warning regarding the potential complications associated with morcellation.
Aetna will require doctors to obtain approval for any procedure that involves use of a power morcellator, according to the Wall Street Journal. Doctors can request exceptions for women who want to preserve fertility and have no other options, as well as in cases where another type of procedure could be life-threatening or lead to adverse health complications.
“The policy takes into account the latest FDA warnings about the risk that morcellation can spread unsuspected uterine sarcoma in the abdomen and pelvis,” said Aetna spokeswoman Cynthia Michener.
The company said it is urging doctors to talk to patients about the potential risks and benefits of morcellation, as well as alternatives.
Do I Have a Morcellator Lawsuit?
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