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FBI Reportedly Investigating Harm Related to Surgical Tool

The FBI is reportedly investigating whether medical device makers, doctors and hospitals broke the law by failing to report adverse events related to the use of a laparoscopic power morcellator, a tool that cuts tissue into little pieces that can be removed. The device, which is often used in gynecological surgery, can spread previously undetected cancer thought the abdominal cavity.

According to an article from The New York Times, Dr. Hooman Noorchashm and Dr. Robert W. Lamparter reported that they had spoken to investigators about the devices. Dr. Noorchashm’s wife Dr. Amy Reed was harmed by the device, which spread cancer that had previously been hidden by fibroid tumors in her uterus.

Since the surgery, Dr. Noorchashm and Dr. Reed have conducted a tireless national campaign to ban the use of morcellators. In November, the FDA recommended that the device should not be used in most woman, but it refrained from banning the device. Most gynecological groups have resisted a potential ban, saying that the device makes surgery less invasive and safer for most women. These groups have also noted that sarcoma, a form of cancer, in the uterus is rare.

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