The Power Morcellator: What You Need to Know
The electric morcellator, or power morcellator, is a surgical tool that has been widely used for hysterectomies and other gynecological surgeries. The device was originally designed to remove dangerous tissue, uterine fibroids or other unwanted growths in the uterus. Using a laparoscopic approach, the morcellator would cut the tissue into tiny pieces then remove it from the body through a small tube. This minimally invasive technique was attractive for women, as it allowed for faster recovery, less chance of infection and minimal scarring.
Approximately one in 370 women who undergo the morcellation procedure have a condition such as uterine sarcoma or leiomyosarcoma. For many of these women, the morcellator left dangerous tissue behind. For some, it loosened previously undetected cancerous tissue, causing it to spread rapidly to other regions of the body. The FDA was prompted to investigate after numerous cases of aggressive cancer began to surface in women who had undergone surgery involving a morcellator device. This investigation led Johnson & Johnson, the nation’s largest morcellator manufacturer, to recall its device in April, 2014. According to the FDA warning, “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.”
Morcellation Cancer Lawyers
The attorneys at Ward Black Law are reviewing potential lawsuits for women in North Carolina and across the nation. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer that may have been spread during a laparoscopic hysterectomy, or during the removal of uterine fibroids, contact us today. Many women were not warned of the risks and may be eligible to recover compensation for their injuries and medical bills. Your initial case review is always free. Call toll-free at 1-800-531-9191 or email us for more information.