The Morcellation Debate: The History and the Science

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Abstract

Intracorporeal electromechanical morcellation has been available for nearly 2 decades, and has allowed hundreds of thousands of women to undergo hysterectomy and myomectomy in a minimally invasive approach. Despite gains in postoperative pain, complications, quality of life, hospital stay, and return to work, it has recently come under attack. The risk of inadvertent morcellation of a uterine malignancy, and subsequent dissemination of occult cancer, must be balanced by the risks of increased numbers of laparotomies. Power morcellation should be available to appropriate surgical candidates.

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