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Reply to FDA regarding the use of power morcellators for fibroids

Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D., the Director of the Center for Device and Radiological Health at the Food and Drug Administration, replied to an open letter from the Leiomyoma Morcellation Review Group.  You can read the original open letter here, and view Dr. Shuren’s reply in the images below. The Leiomyoma Morcellation Review Group sent the […]

An open letter to the FDA regarding the use of morcellation procedures for women having surgery for presumed uterine fibroids

In November, 2014 the FDA ruled that power morcellation was contra-indicated in “the majority of women” having surgery for uterine fibroids due to the potential risk of spreading occult uterine sarcoma.  Although problems with this ruling were immediately apparent, the passage of time has allowed for more clarity on the related medical issues. Prevalence of […]

How Common is Uterine Leiomyosarcoma? (LMS)?

There is a lot of confusing information circulating about morcellation and uterine leiomyosarcoma in the media since the FDA hearing on this issue a few weeks ago.  I plan to post my analysis of the information, in segments, over the next week or two.  This first post provides commentary about the numbers used in research […]

The FDA and the Warning About Uterine and Fibroid Morcellation

As many of you probably know by now, the FDA recently issued a warning saying that morcellation of fibroids during laparoscopic myomectomy (or during laparoscopic hysterectomy) should be avoided because of the risk of uterine leiomyosarcoma (uterine muscle wall cancer). I disagree with this decision (see reasons below) and ask that women who have benefitted […]

Question on “mini” laparoscopic surgery

Hello! I have a fibroid that is uncomfortable due to bulk and extends length of menstruation (7-9 days at least).  I recently saw a fertility specialist who did an exam and recommended a “mini” laparoscopy to remove the fibroid. The doctor said the “mini-lap” would involve a three inch (approx) incision at the bikini line. […]

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Dr. William H. Parker is a board-certified Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Parker is an internationally recognized expert in fibroid surgery and research. Based in Los Angeles, California, he is considered one of the best fibroid surgeons for abdominal and laparoscopic myomectomy in the United States and abroad. He has been chosen for Best Doctors in America and Top Doctors every year beginning in the late 90's.

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