Alivia Greenfield, of Forreston, Ill., underwent manual morcellation in July 2015. Her gynecologist, Joseph Ehle, raised her uterus to skin level and used a scalpel to slice it into 26 strips. She was 37 at the time.
Two months later, Greenfield sought care at the Carbone Cancer Center at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. There, in a follow-up surgery, David Kushner, director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, removed about 30 endometrial stromal sarcoma implants were removed from her abdominal cavity, records show.
“He ultimately found that I had sarcoma spread throughout my abdominal cavity,” Greenfield said to The Cancer Letter. “I believe it was 30 new sarcoma implants—it’s described as ‘Skittle-sized’—I went into surgery thinking it was, again, a very routine surgery to have my ovary removed, and I woke with a massive incision and exploratory surgery, and a big unknown.”
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