fda approves new power morcellator

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new surgical tool for use in certain gynecological procedures, the device’s maker, Olympus America Inc., announced Wednesday.

The PK Morcellator is an electrical device intended for cutting and removing tissue in laparoscopic — or minimally invasive — gynecological procedures, according to the FDA.

Power morcellators have been a source of controversy since 2014 when the FDA announced their use during surgery could spread lethal cancer in the body.

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