RGH suspend surgical technique used in hysterectomies

Updated: 04/24/2014 5:12 PM
Created: 04/24/2014 5:08 PM WHEC.com

Rochester General Health Systems is suspending a procedure called “power morcellation”, which is used during hysterectomies. They are suspending it because it can possibly spread cancer to other parts of the body.

It's a technique used by surgeons to cut up tissue so it can be removed through a small incision. The FDA recently issued an advisory about the possible spread of cancer.   

Anyone scheduled to have surgery using this procedure at Rochester General Health Systems will be offered other surgical options.  

Last month, UR Medicine announced it will use a special surgical bag when morcellation is used so no cancer cells can be spread. 

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