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Hysterectomy Technique Linked to Tumor Growth

About 600,000 women undergo hysterectomies annually and 11% of these women are operated on with a method known as morcellation, where tissue is cut into small pieces that can be excised through small incisions. The New York Times reports, however, that this method may not be safe according to data published in JAMA. The study showed that the electrical device used to cut the tissue may “spray bits of uterine tissue or fibroids around inside the abdomen like seeds” which can develop into tumors. Experts say that women who develop growths may even require followup surgery to remove the growths from other vital organs.

Read it in The New York Times.

Read the study published in JAMA