Two medical professors in Florida are taking matters into their own hands after an U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning about safety issues now alleged in power morcellator lawsuit claims, TampaBay.com reports. They are creating a prototype for a safer, cheaper device to be used in minimally-invasive laparoscopic hysterectomy and fibroid removal surgeries.

A report on June 7th indicates that the Tampa surgeons, who both hail from the University of South Florida, are creating a surgical tool they say is safer than a power morcellator, which can allegedly promote the spread of certain undetected uterine cancers. Not unlike the morcellator, the chief of urogynecology at USF and Tampa General says the new device shreds tissue so it can be more easily removed through tiny incisions made in surgery, but contains the tissue rather than allowing it to spread into other parts of the uterus.

“We think it’s huge,” he said, nearly two months after the FDA issued a public health alert on April 17th, 2014 that advised doctors against using the devices in gynecological procedures.

Florida Hospitals Halt Power Morcellator Use after FDA Warning

Following this warning, Tampa General Hospital, BayCare Health System and the Florida Hospital system has suspended use of a morcellator, given its alleged potential to spread uterine sarcoma within a woman’s body and decrease her long-term chances of survival. A number of local hospitals in the area owned by Community Health Systems have also stopped using them, TampaBay.com reports.

Power morcellators are manufactured by such companies as the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Ethicon, Inc., who since halted sales of their devices pending further information from the FDA.

The TampaBay.com article indicates that hysterectomies are one of the most common procedures in the U.S., amounting to approximately 600,000 procedures a year. According to the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, between 40 and 49 percent of women choose to have laparoscopic surgery each year, with approximately 55,000 using a morcellator.

According to the FDA warning in April, 1 in every 350 women have uterine sarcoma, an aggressive and often undetected form of uterine cancer.

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Published June 9, 2014 by