Dangerous Medical Devices: Everything You Need to Know About the Power Morcellator
Many women are familiar with the power morcellator, a surgical tool that was developed for hysterectomies and other uterine surgeries. When dangerous or cancerous tissue was found, doctors would use the morcellator to remove harmful tissue, uterine fibroids or other unwanted growths. This was an attractive tool for women needing a hysterectomy. The laparoscopic approach allowed doctors to cut the tissue into tiny pieces, then remove it quickly using suction. It was a minimally invasive technique that provided for a faster recovery, minimal scarring and a reduced risk of infection. But unfortunately, the unknown risks outweighed the rewards.
A Risk Not Worth Taking
It has been noted that 1 in 370 women who require these types of surgeries have a dangerous condition such as uterine sarcoma or leiomyosarcoma. Some may even have undetected cancerous tissue. For many patients, the morcellation procedure left harmful tissue behind. In more severe cases, cancerous tissue was loosened, causing it to spread rapidly to other regions of the body.
A Warning for Women
After many cases of aggressive cancer began to surface in morcellator patients, the FDA was prompted to investigate. Their findings were alarming, especially for women with uterine sarcoma. The official warning stated, “If laparoscopic power morcellation is performed in women with unsuspected uterine sarcoma, there is a risk that the procedure will spread the cancerous tissue within the abdomen and pelvis, significantly worsening the patient’s likelihood of long-term survival.”
Shortly after this investigation began, Johnson & Johnson, the nation’s largest morcellator manufacturer, recalled the device. [April, 2014]
A Powerful Voice for Morcellation Victims
If you have been harmed by a morcellation procedure, our defective medical device attorneys may be able to help you recover compensation for injury and medical bills. Ward Black Law has extensive experience in this practice area, and approaches each case with compassion. Our office is located in Greensboro, but we are reviewing potential lawsuits for women across the country. If you or a loved one has been harmed, contact us for a free case review. Call toll-free at 1-800-531-9191 or email us for more information.