A better hysterectomy?

Posted at: 03/11/2014 11:27 AM
By: Renee Tessman, KARE

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(KARE) -- Minimally invasive hysterectomy is attractive because recovery times are a couple weeks as opposed to up to a month and a half.

The problem is, to remove the uterus through a small incision, it has to be cut up into very small pieces, a process called morcellation.

The concern? Tissue or undiagnosed cancer cells can be left behind in the abdomen and it is believed, for some, this is causing abnormal growths or cancer later.

Dr. K. Anthony Shibley of Minnesota's OBGYN Specialists said he has invented a solution.

Instead of simply cutting up the uterus inside the body so it can be removed, Dr. Shibley uses a bag to surround it first.

"So any debris that gets spun around, any fluid or cellular material gets trapped and contained within the bag," he explains.

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