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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 […]

Why not biopsy fibroids before surgery to make sure they are not cancer?

Some people have recently suggested that all women have biopsies of their fibroids before surgery to determine which women have typical fibroids and which women might have a leiomyosarcoma (LMS). There are many problems with this idea. To start, I am going to use the word tumor throughout this post. When we hear” tumor”, most […]

How Often Does Morcellation Involve Cancers other than LMS?

A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reported that the rate of uterine cancer among women having surgical procedures using morcellation was 1 woman out of 368. Since the recent FDA hearing was about morcellation and the risk of finding uterine leiomyosarcoma (LMS), some of the media have misinterpreted this […]

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 […]

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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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