Laparoscopic morcellation involves the use of powered surgical devices called Power Morcellators manufactured mainly by Ethicon/Johnson & Johnson. It is a minimally invasive technique which is increasingly used by surgeons these days to take out bulky specimens from the abdomen. This procedure pulls large masses of tissue into a spinning blade, which then cuts the tissue at a high velocity into smaller pieces to be more easily removed through laparoscopic incision sites. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved Morcellators use in 1991. This was followed by a series of power morcellators launches by Ethicon via the 510(k) process.
Power Morcellators were first used for uterine extraction and have since become heavily implemented during laparoscopic gynecological procedures, particularly in minimally invasive myomectomies and robotic, supracervical hysterectomy. Surgeons also use power morcellators in nephrectomies and splenectomies, surgical procedures to remove the kidney or spleen in both men and women.
Product information/Proof of usage:
Power Morcellators are manufactured mainly by Ethicon/Johnson & Johnson.
Product names are as follows-
- Gynecare Morcellex
- Gynecare X Tract
- Morcellex Sigma
- Diva by FemRx