Even if you really love your gynecologist, seeing her for your regular annual exam isn't exactly something any of us look forward to. And undergoing an invasive procedure? Uh, yeah, stressful doesn't even begin to cut it. But at least we assumed that, in this day and age, the tools our docs are using during these procedures are 100 percent safe, right? Maybe. Maybe not.
Back in April, the FDA sent out a warning about the laparoscopic power morcellator, a gynecological tool used in hysterectomies or to remove uterine fibroids (which are found in about 25 percent of women between the ages of 18-45).
They noted that approximately 1 in 350 women who are undergoing these procedures have an unsuspected type of uterine cancer called uterine sarcoma. And if the morcellator is used on these women, there's a risk that the procedure will spread the cancerous tissue within the abdomen and pelvis, significantly worsening the patient's likelihood of long-term survival.