“Most of us who work in the O.R. know that minimally invasive surgery is better for patients from a safety and recovery perspective,” Rachel said. “Minimally invasive approaches have been shown to result in shorter hospital stays, faster healing times, and cosmetic benefits associated with less significant scarring.”
However, when procedures and the tools used to perform them come under scrutiny, as did the power morcellator used for the minimally invasive removal of benign uterine fibroids, hospitals and physicians pursue more conservative treatment plans. In this case, erring away from laparoscopic hysterectomy.
The timing of the power morcellation scrutiny was unfortunate for Rachel, who soon after was diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids stretching her uterus to an uncomfortable size.