In April of 2014, the FDA issued a statement about the use of power morcellators as part of hysterectomy procedures that prompted Ethicon to issue a worldwide market withdrawal of its morcellator lines but the procedures themselves were allowed to continue. By November, the FDA went one step short of a total ban on morcellator use by warning doctors not to use them in hysterectomies and fibroid removal surgeries. The warning suggested that the devices should not be used in the vast majority of surgeries in women and morcellation should be the very last resort due to the associated health risks.
Timeline of Events
The latest statement by the FDA marks the latest in an eight year long series of events that led to the market withdrawal of power morcellators by Ethicon and the eventual warnings about their use. Ethicon parent company, Johnson and Johnson is currently under fire for failing to communicate the risks of morcellator use to doctors and patients after concerns were raised over eight years ago. The following is the progression of events that led to the latest statement from the FDA.