Power Morcellator Cancer Risks in Patients
Each year, surgeons use power morcellators to perform approximately 50,000 hysterectomies and myomectomies, which involve removing a woman’s uterus or uterine fibroids. The morcellator—essentially a powered device with sharp edges and cutting jaws—creates a small incision that, in theory, allows patients to heal more quickly than with traditional surgery. However, according to recent studies, power morcellators can leave behind cancerous cells that migrate to tissues in other parts of the body.
If you or someone you love developed uterine leiomyosarcoma (ULMS), abdominal cancer, or uterine cancer after undergoing a laparoscopic uterine fibroid surgery, myomectomy, or hysterectomy using a power morcellator device, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. Contact our defective product attorneys today for a free initial consultation.
Morcellator Hysterectomy Dangers
While a traditional hysterectomy surgery removes the uterus in one piece with incisions that may be 3 to 7 inches long, the power morcellator’s small blades allow for minimally invasive hysterectomies by removing the uterus in pieces.
When surgeons use morcellators in uterine surgery, previously undetected cancerous uterine fibroid tissue may be liquefied, allowing cancer to spread throughout a patient’s abdominal cavity. This can result in metastization and new, life-threatening tumors.
Research shows that uterine surgeries performed using morcellators may significantly reduce the odds of long-term survival in women with undetected uterine sarcoma, a type of cancer that includes ULMS. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates that 1 in 350 women who undergo hysterectomies and myomectomies have an undetected uterine sarcoma.
FDA Discourages Morcellator Use
The FDA issued a safety communication discouraging surgeons from using power morcellator devices in hysterectomies and myomectomies. Even when specimen bags are used to prevent cancerous uterine tissue from spreading throughout the body, FDA officials recommend doctors discuss the cancer risks associated with morcellator surgeries with patients prior to operating.
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Power Morcellators May Spread Cancer
Power morcellators are used to help remove the uterine liner during a hysterectomy. Power morcellators have been on the market for a very long time. Power morcellators may be spreading cancer cells in the uterus. At this point, there is no clear number as to how many women have been injured or died.
FBI Investigates Power Morcellator Injuries
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), of Newark, New Jersey is looking into a tool used in surgery that is linked to causing cancer in women. The majority producer of the product, Johnson & Johnson, is the company that the FBI is heavily investigating, but there are several other producers of this device. Although, according to a Johnson & Johnson spokesperson, the company is unaware of an investigation on the product, the FBI has interviewed a retired pathologist from the company, as well as several doctors who have used to the tool.
The FDA’s Black Box Warning on Power Morcellators
The device is called a laparoscopic power morcellator; and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned users in April of 2014 that “women undergoing fibroid surgery have a 1 in 350 chance of harboring dangerous uterine sarcoma that can’t be reliably detected before the operation” when using this morcellator. The FDA also warned that morcellators should not be used in the majority of women in November of 2014, and gave it the “black box” warning, which is the FDA’s highest level of caution.
Johnson & Johnson Stopped Making Power Morcellators
Morcellators are mostly used in hysterectomies, and as stated above, put the patient at a high risk for cancer. Dr. Lamparter, a former pathologist from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, said “if a morecellation is done, the patient’s survival is jeopardized,” when he was interviewed by the FBI in May. Johnson & Johnson has taken this tool off the market due to the danger that it causes to its patients; although they are no longer produced by Johnson & Johnson, several other manufacturers still produce this tool.
Manufacturer Liability for Power Morcellator Lawsuits
The manufacturers of defective medical devices need to be held accountable for their negligence in putting these products on the market. Product liability lawsuits hold manufacturers responsible by making them pay. There is no excuse for manufacturing defective products that hurt and kill innocent people.
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