New technique makes hysterectomies safer

New technique makes hysterectomies safer

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Posted on March 11, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 11 at 4:58 PM

A new device gaining national attention can make a minimally invasive hysterectomy even safer.

Busy mother of three Melanie Lafferty was relieved to hear about the new option when she needed a hysterectomy.

The technique, invented by Dr. K. Anthony Shibley, involves using a special bag to surround the uterus inside the body before it is removed.

“So any debris that gets spun around, any fluid or cellular material, gets trapped and contained within the bag," Shibley explained.

Over the past two years, Shibley and his partners have performed the technique on 200 patients with a bag that had already been approved for general abdominal surgery.

Now Shibley has refined the bag to be used specifically for minimally invasive hysterectomies. He said it will make the technique even simpler.

“There's a bag in development with a manufacturer out of Ireland that we should have FDA approval for, and on the market within the end of the year," he said.

Lafferty was glad she was presented with Shibley’s option as the technique gained national recognition.

“Having the surgery so young, at 30, I wanted to know that this surgery, when I'm 50, is not coming back to haunt me,” she said. “For me, that was kind of what sealed the deal.”

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