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5 0 O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | J U N E 2 0 1 4 T he sweep- ing nature of the recent FDA advi- sory recommending that the use of morcel- lators for hysterec- tomies be discontinued or severely restricted is both surprising and dis- appointing, to say the least. To those of us who are experienced in laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery — those of us who've wit- nessed its tremendous benefits firsthand — this feels like a rush to judgment. Morcellators — pow- ered instruments that G Y N E C O L O G Y Are Morcellators Safe for Hysterectomies? BALANCING ACT The FDA says mor- cellators can spread cancer in hys- terectomy patients, but do the bene- fits of minimally invasive hysterecto- my outweigh the risks? They speed the procedure, but do they spread cancer, too? See what this gynecologic surgeon has to say. Jeffrey Thurston, MD Dallas, Texas OSE_1406_part2_Layout 1 6/13/14 11:40 AM Page 50

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