FDA Wary of Gynecology Machine

    French Dr. Jean-Philippe Estrade (L) and a member of his medical team wear 3D glasses as they perform an operation on a patient in Marseille on January 28, 2014 using a 3D camera. The surgery, where a lightweight 3D laparoscopic camera is inserted into the patient's body to produce a high-definition 3D image, was the first of its kind performed in the French region of Bouches-du-Rhone. AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVAT        (Photo credit should read BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The FDA on Thursday issued a statement discouraging the use of a machine that removes uteruses because it “poses a risk of spreading unsuspected cancerous tissue, notably uterine sarcomas, beyond the uterus.” The procedure known as “laparoscopic power morcellation” removes uteruses and uterine fibroids through incisions. The FDA warning came after a Philadelphia couple campaigned against the device. Anesthesiologist Amy Reed found she had stage-four leiomyosarcoma, which was discovered soon after having a hysterectomy using the device.

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