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FDA discourages use of laparoscopic power morcellation for removal of uterus or uterine fibroids.   
The FDA has strongly recommended that a particular technique called power morcellation that is often performed during a hysterectomy to remove fibroids should NOT be performed because it may result in spread of uterine cancer. 

Power morcellation basically involves grinding up the uterine tissue in smaller fragments, which are then removed. The FDA estimates that about 1 in 350 women undergoing a hysterectomy for fibroid removal has an unsuspected form of cancer called uterine sarcoma.  According to the FDA, hysterectomy performed with power morcellation may cause cancer cells to be spread throughout the patient's abdomen and pelvis, resulting in much worse prognosis for the patient.

Research performed at Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston, MA found a nine-fold higher rate of unexpected uterine sarcomas during a review of the medical records of over 1000 women who underwent hysterectomy with power morcellation.

This is a very important recommendation because women who undergo a hysterectomy have another very effective alternative to treat the fibroids, called uterine fibroid embolization (UFE), that does not cause the spread of cancer.
 
For more information, see the FDA news release here:
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm393689.htm
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