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Ask Super Doctors - Dr. Richard William Farnam

Ask Super Doctors

Dr. Richard W. Farnam (Doctor Profile)

Question: Is it true that having a hysterectomy can cause Cancer?

Answer: In two words "Absolutely Not." Over the last two years there has been a great deal of attention placed n the risk of cancer spread during hysterectomy with power morcellation. Power morcellation refers to a mechanical devise which removes large fibroids in pieces. This process cannot cause cancer. However if there is preexisting cancer hidden within a fibroid (leiomyosarcoma), power morcellation can spread the cancer. However, this does not mean that patients have to settle for large open incisions.

Open incisions are riskier and specifically carry a 3X higher risk of complications and 5X longer recovery. Experienced laparoscopic surgeons now offer surgical removal of the large fibroid uterus via a small belly button incision. The removal occurs within a surgical bag and eliminates the risk of cancer spread. Patients with a symptomatic fibroid

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