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A Message About Gynecological Morcellation

Phyllis Bala

To all our wonderful followers of SG Occidental website:

Happy summer to you.  I'm including this article by Dr. Hooman Noorchashm because I've been following this story from the very beginning.  His wife,  Amy J. Reed, MD, PhD, recently passed away due to a mistake during a surgery that included "morcellation".  This has been a heartbreaking story to follow.  A physician, scientist, wife and mother of 6, this young woman was absolutely brilliant.  Her husband a surgeon and scientist is making sure the lives of other women who undergo surgery on fibroids, do not suffer and ultimately lose their lives due to medical negligence.

Until this story broke, I had never heard the word "morcellation".  Two years ago, I had an opportunity as a medical advocate, to accompany a client into the hospital, for an exploratory surgery involving her reproductive system.  Because I've heard stories of women going under the knife and waking up having had a complete hysterectomy, I needed to ask an important question.  My questions to her doctors were, "What are the chances of your patient having a partial or complete hysterectomy while she is in surgery?"  "And if a hysterectomy were to be done, would it involve morcellation?"

Both gynecologists were totally surprised by my questions.  One of them managed to stammer "NO!"  "Especially not in the political climate that is now raging on about power morcellators!"  "There would be no reason for a hysterectomy!"  There was quite a lengthy silence after my question.  I wanted to be sure there was no room for any surprises and I find it helpful to have all my bases covered beforehand.

However, what I didn't know, was about the manual procedure of morcellation. My passion, as a Doctor of Indigenous Medicine is education.  With education we as women are able then to exercise choice.  Choice and creating choices when it comes to preserving hard-won Health Freedoms is just that--FREEDOM.  It isn't usually handed to us.  We need to be informed and willing to speak up to ask difficult or even simple questions and be prepared to be responsible for all the choices we make.  I want to support women in Health Education, especially during this time when our FREEDOMS are so compromised.

PLEASE, inform yourselves and be willing to pass on this important and potentially life-saving information to those your care about and to those in your own communities.