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Uterine Morcellation Part 1; Overview

We are going to spend the next couple of blogs talking about Uterine Morcellation.  This is an important topic, especially if you are considering any gynecological-related “removal” surgery like fibroid removal or hysterectomy.

What is Uterine Morcellation?

Uterine Morcellation is a technique sometimes used during pelvic surgeries to break up bigger pieces of fibroids, tumors (or even the uterus) that need to come out of the body.  Morcellation can be done either by hand or robotically and has been practiced worldwide for about twenty years.

Why do Surgeons Perform Morcellation?

Sometimes during surgery the tissue or organ cannot fit through the incision.  Using a large fibroid as an example, the decision would be to either increase the size of the incision and take the fibroid out in whole or use morcellation to cut up the fibroid and take it out in pieces.

What are the Pros of Morcellation?

The benefit of morcellation is using smaller incisions.  Smaller incisions usually lead to faster recovery times.  Larger incisions are slightly more risky and usually come with longer recovery periods.

What are the Cons of Morcellation?

If cancer is present, suspected, or overlooked, morcellation can be just about the worst thing you can do for a patient.  Think of a cancerous tumor as a small water balloon inside the pelvic area.  If you remove the balloon as a whole, all those cancer cells come out, too.  If you burst the water balloon and take it out in pieces, what happens to all the water?  This could be incredibly dangerous and may very well lead to increased risk of cancer elsewhere in the body.

 

We are going to continue this topic next week.  Please check back to learn more about Uterine Morcellation.

 

 

 

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