Tuesday, July 15, 2014

"female surgery"

In the south, at least for my generation, hysterectomy was referred to as "female surgery" to be polite or not mentioned at all to be proper.  

In 2014, we need to be less proper and more informed about the procedures and the tools used to perform these surgeries.  

I remember when I had my hysterectomy almost 15 years ago, I had no idea the type of tools that were used.  I really didn't even know enough about it to ask.  The surgery itself was such an emotional event that sometimes we, as women, lose sight of the details.  We sometimes focus more on the result of no longer being able to have children, and we can risk our own lives if we are not well informed about the procedure.  


It's okay to ask questions to your doctor about the procedure and about the type of tools used to perform the procedure.  

The FDA has recently issued a warning on one of these tools called a power morcellator.

Judy Cohen recently contacted me and asked me to share this information with my readers. What is a Power Morcellator? A device used in hysterectomies to cut tissue into small pieces to be removed from the body. However, uterine cancers sometimes go undetected prior to the procedure. In these cases, the morcellator dices up and spreads unsuspected cancer inside the woman's body.

  • Hysterectomy is the 2nd 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 life span following accidental morcellation of sarcoma is only 24-36 months
  • Only 15% of women who have leiomyosarcoma (LMS) that has spread (stage 4) will be alive after 5 years
  • Women with sarcoma who are morcellated are about 4 times more likely to die from sarcoma than if they had not been morcellated
We have some great information about the device and it's dangers on our Power Morcellator page.
You can contact Judy Cohen by email if you have any questions about the above information, as she provided.

If you want more information about this device you can click the links provided in this post or research it for yourself.  After receiving this email and contacting my doctor, I discovered a power morcellator was NOT used during my procedure, as my the uterus was removed vaginally. I did not have cancerous cells but a different issue.  


Ask your doctor about the type of procedure and devices being used before going into any surgery or procedure.

I do not have personal knowledge about power morcellators. I am not involved in any lawsuit or action involving them.  I was contacted by Judy Cohen and asked to post about this issue.  I do believe all women should be informed about any medical procedures and I want all of you to be aware of the risks so you can protect yourselves, your wives, daughters and loved ones from risk.

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1 comment:

  1. Really interesting and all new to me info. I had my hysterectomy nearly 13-years ago. I wondered what the need for routine GYN appointments are after a hysterectomy, but I now see why it may be necessary. Recently, I began a new-to-me form of HRT known as Sottopelle Therapy and it has made a big difference in how I feel. Thanks for sharing this information!

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