Canada’s federal health agency has sent out a second letter to hospitals in that country regarding health risks associated with using power morcellators for hysterectomy and fibroid removal surgery. Health Canada’s notice follows a similar safety warning issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Nov. 24, which stated that uterine tissue may contain previously undiagnosed cancers that power morcellators could spread to other parts of the body.
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What’s the Problem?
Health Canada first warned about power morcellators in May 2014, stating that the devices can cause undetected cancers to spread.
“The frequency of unsuspected uterine cancer in women undergoing surgery for the removal of presumed benign fibroids has now been estimated to be in the range of 1-in-350, which is more prevalent than previously reported,” the agency said.
According the Dec. 10 warning, Health Canada now wants manufacturers of power morcellators to include warning labels on the devices. The agency also said morcellators should not be used in most cases.
“The use of laparoscopic electric morcellators during fibroid surgery may spread cancer and decrease long-term survival of patients. This information should be shared with patients when considering surgery with the use of these devices,” Health Canada said.
The latest warning also said that morcellators should not be used on women who have gone through or are in the process of transitioning into menopause, as well as on any women who are candidates for alternative minimally invasive procedures that don’t require morcellation.
The FDA first warned about safety issues with power morcellators in April 2014, discouraging use of the devices based on data indicating that hidden sarcomas are much more common than previously realized.
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