September 21, 2015 |
Have hysterectomies gotten riskier for some of the hundreds of thousands of U.S. women who undergo these procedures each year? Researchers are trying to answer that question now that gynecologists have mostly stopped removing women's uteruses with the help of a tissue-slicing device called an electric morcellator. Introduced in 1993, the device enables uterine tissue to be removed through tiny abdominal incisions. This reduces the complications and recovery time of traditional surgeries, which require large horizonal or vertical belly incisions.
May 4, 2015 |
You can't keep a good woman down. Or rather, in. I'm talking, of course, about Spanx. If you don't know what Spanx is, let me tell you. It's a girdle. But it's called a "body shaping garment," in that it compresses your flesh, nerves, and internal organs so that you look thinner. In other words, Spanx is a great idea if you don't like oxygen. Anyway, you might remember that, about six years ago, I wrote about how much I hated Spanx. I got introduced to them when I bought a pair by accident, thinking they were tights.
March 6, 2015 |
Amy Reed, the doctor who has pushed for a ban on the gynecological surgery device that worsened her uterine cancer prognosis, said Wednesday that she is fighting a recurrence. Reed, 41, had about a year in apparent remission after her 2013 diagnosis and treatment for leiomyosarcoma, a rare and ferociously aggressive uterine cancer. Two weeks ago, she had surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania to remove a small tumor that a scan revealed in the bony part of her spinal column.
December 8, 2014
ISSUE | TAXI SAFETY Ensure it's insured An article on taxi insurance was timely, at least for me ("City cabs light on accident coverage," Nov. 27). Returning from an August medical appointment for knee surgery, I was hit by an All City Taxi cab in Center City. My attorney soon learned that the cabbie's insurance carrier is in liquidation. Perhaps it is wise to ask a taxi driver to show proof of insurance before getting in. |Michael Fill, Philadelphia, firstname.lastname@example.org ISSUE | PROTESTS Root causes A recent letter writer asserts that violent protests contradict the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's principles and thwart racial harmony ("Nonviolent civil rights activist would mourn," Nov. 30)
May 22, 2014 |
Two doctors' groups are defending a tissue-cutting device that makes gynecological surgery less invasive but in rare cases spreads a hidden uterine cancer. Electric morcellators, introduced in 1993, are used to dissect the uterus or uterine fibroids so tissue can be removed through small abdominal incisions. They have come under scrutiny in recent months because the motorized blade can disseminate bits of undetected cancer. Many hospitals have halted their use; the Food and Drug Administration last month issued a safety advisory "discouraging" power morcellation; and Johnson & Johnson suspended worldwide sales of its version of the machine.
April 19, 2014 |
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday discouraged doctors from using a machine that makes it possible to remove uteruses and uterine fibroids through small incisions because of the risk that the approach will spread cancer. The warning is a victory for a Philadelphia-trained physician couple - cardiothoracic surgeon Hooman Noorchashm and anesthesiologist Amy Reed - who campaigned extensively against use of the device. Reed discovered that she had stage-four leiomyosarcoma, an aggressive cancer, soon after having a hysterectomy and fibroid removal in Boston, where doctors used the device in a procedure known as laparoscopic power morcellation.
March 19, 2014 |
The husband of a Berks County woman who died of a rare uterine cancer following a minimally invasive hysterectomy is suing the maker of the device used in her surgery at Reading Hospital. The lawsuit, filed Friday in federal court in Philadelphia, adds to controversy over electric tissue-cutting "morcellators. " The devices let doctors remove tissue through tiny abdominal incisions, shortening patients' hospitalization and recovery. In rare cases, the process can disseminate an aggressive uterine cancer, leiomyosarcoma, that routine diagnostic tests usually miss.
February 22, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA — Taking a bold stand on a growing medical controversy, Temple University Hospital this week issued new guidelines restricting use of a minimally invasive gynecological surgical procedure called morcellation. Electric morcellation devices are used in the body to pulverize the uterus or benign fibroids so the tissue can be removed through tiny skin incisions. In rare cases, the procedure spreads cancer that was hidden in the uterus, turning a treatable tumor into advanced disease with a grim prognosis.
September 12, 2013 |
When Sandra Cintron's mother heard how bad her daughter's fibroid symptoms were getting - bleeding that went on for weeks and debilitating pain - she thought she knew where things were heading. "You're going to need a hysterectomy," Maria Perales said. She had one herself when she was in her 30s. A lot has changed since then, though, and Cintron, of Northeast Philadelphia, was able to choose a less extreme treatment for the benign growths on her uterus. Last week, she had an embolization at Einstein Medical Center, a procedure that left her uterus intact but cut off the blood supply to the fibroids.
October 16, 2012
From today through Oct. 17, Philly.com and The Inquirer will mark breast cancer awareness month by publishing a profile a day of transformative moments reported by patients. The series culminates in a special Philly.com/health Inquirer section on Oct. 18, and can be viewed at www.philly.com/breastcancer . "My little Sister, Debbi, was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer when she was 29 years old and pregnant," said Traci Walters of Texas. "They induced labor about a month early because the tumor was growing so fast because she was pregnant.