According to The New York Times, the FBI has launched an investigation into the use of morcellators in hysterectomies and whether harmful effects from its use were ignored. Typically, the use of this tool helps make surgeries safer and less invasive, yet if there are undetected cancers in the uterus, the spinning blade of the morcellator projects cancerous cells throughout the abdomen advancing the progression of the disease. In November, the FDA recommended that morcellators not be used for the majority of women yet there were no official restrictions put in place. Given the rare nature of these hidden cancers, most gynecologists still support morcellation because of the other benefits they provide. The FBI has not offered any commentary on the investigation.
Read the article published by The New York Times.