Two Boston Hospitals Review Surgical Procedure After Cancer Debate


Now every patient considering having a morcellation procedure will be told about the possibility of undetected cancer spreading.

Additionally Schiff said that medical staff would constantly be reviewing the risk possibilities associated with the procedure on an ongoing basis.

Robot Doctors in the Operating Room

"You don't change your practice based on one case," said Schiff. "We've re-evaluated what we're doing."

Schiff said they also told doctors to be more aware about the possibility of a patient's having undetected cancer. Schiff points out that due to the nature of the uterus and uterine fibroids, no test can definitely prove a patient doesn't have an undetected tumor.

Schiff said doctors would be encouraged to do multiple tests or recommend another surgical option if they are worried that a patient is at risk for having an undetected tumor, even if the patient's initial biopsies are benign.

"We're putting it higher on the radar screen for the doctors to be suspicious of," said Schiff.

Schiff said the hospital would continue to look at the literature around the procedure and discuss in committee if their approach to morcellation is the right one.

"That's how medicine makes progress. You should never ignore one patient," said Schiff. "You should always evaluate every event, it might cause you to change how you treat other patients."

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