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Power Morcellators Linked to Uterine Cancer

power morcellator injury lawyersMorcellation is a procedure used by surgeons to remove fibroids embedded in the uterus. Morcellators—the devices that are used in morcellation—are also used during partial or total hysterectomies.

In a recently released warning from the U.S Food and Drug Administration, it was revealed that there may be a link between the use of power morcellators and the spreading of undiscovered cancerous tissue in the pelvis and abdomen.

Have you or someone that you know been exposed to a power morcellator during this type of surgery and suffered a cancer related injury after receiving that treatment?

Peterson & Associates, P.C.—an elite law firm—has a team of experienced defective medical device lawyers that are currently accepting inquiries into this potentially lethal device and are ready to assist victims and their loved ones to fight for the justice they deserve.

If you suspect that a morcellation procedure may have caused or contributed to the spread of cancer throughout your body, call us today at 1-800-305-7552 or reach us online by filling out our "Free Case Evaluation" form.

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FDA Morcellation Cancer Warnings

power morcellator doctorIn April 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a cautionary decision about the risks posed by the use of morcellation. The FDA found that laparoscopic power morcellation may spread undiscovered cancerous tissue outside of the uterus into the abdomen and pelvis.

Because cancers such as Uterine Sarcomas are deadly, the risk of spread is especially concerning. This prompted the FDA to discourage surgeons from using a laparoscopic power morcellator.

The Journal of the American Medical Association estimates that 1 in 350 women who undergo procedures involving hysterectomies for fibroid removal have Uterine Sarcoma. As such, the risk that the procedure will spread cancer is very real.

How Does A Power Morcellator Work?

doctor in surgeryA power morcellator is a surgical instrument that has a hollow cylinder that is used to pierce the abdominal wall.

Once a surgeon is in the ovary or uterus, the surgeon uses the tool's cutting function to cut, grasp and extract masses in small pieces.

Surgeons have used power morcellators in several types of surgeries, including,

  • Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy
  • Robotic Hysterectomy
  • Laparoscopic Myomectomy (Uterine fibroid surgery)

The medical establishment is also concerned that the morcellators, which are also used to remove ovarian tumors, may also contribute to the risk of spreading ovarian cancer. Compared to traditional methods, morcellation is considered to be less invasive and so has become a popular diagnostic and treatment tool.

In cases where a uterus has fibroids, surgeons cannot determine whether the patient has Uterine Sarcoma. Uterine sarcoma is a particularly aggressive brand of cancer with low-survival rates. This is especially true when it has spread throughout the abdominal cavity.

A cancerous fibroid or uterine tissue can potentially spread to the bowels, bladder, pancreas and other organs.

Are There Alternative Medical Procedures That Do Not Pose A Risk?

uterine xray thumbnailYes. Laparoscopic power morcellation is only one of several different treatment options for removing the entire uterus or fibroids in the uterus.

For instance, a standard hysterectomy does not pose a cancer-spreading risk. In a standard hysterectomy, the entire uterus and all of the fibroids are removed intact. Although a standard hysterectomy is a more invasive surgical procedure, a standard hysterectomy would greatly reduce the likelihood that the cancer, if any, would spread.

In contrast to a standard hysterectomy, a morcellation uses a surgical tool called a power-morcellator to pierce the abdominal wall and remove pieces of the uterus, ovary or fibroids in small pieces. In the process, undiagnosed Uterine Sarcoma (a cancer of the lining in the uterus) can spread throughout the abdomen and into the pelvis.

Who Is Legally Responsible?

morcellator surgeonCompanies such as Johnson & Johnson were warned about the risk to women undergoing morcellation procedures as early as 2006. In an article from the Pittsburgh Times on May 30, 2014, it came to light that in 2006, a concerned physician informed Johnson & Johnson that the use of power morcellators could jeopardize the survival rates of women with cancer. 

Though Johnson & Johnson did not respond to the physician, the FDA's April 2014 decision did cause the company to respond. Spurred by the concern expressed by the FDA, Johnson & Johnson announced a voluntary worldwide market withdrawal of all of the company's morcellators during July 2014.. The company accounts for 70% of the global sales in the power morcellator market. Though they did not recall the tools, they did announce that they will be asking all doctors to return the devices.

Part of Johnson & Johnson's swift response may be the fear of what lawyers will dig up once women with cancer begin to question the use of power morcellators. Experienced law firms are already exploring the ramifications of using a surgical procedure that places women at grave risk for serious and fatal injuries. 

Depending on the type of the lawsuit and the injury, victims of Uterine Sarcoma and their families may be entitled to financial compensation. The medical device manufacturers, surgeons and hospitals may all bare different levels of responsibility. Although, companies such as Johnson & Johnson have pulled their power morcellators off the market, other companies have not and hospitals and surgeons continue to provide the surgery.

As such, only an experienced medical device attorney can review your case and determine the best course of action for you and your family.

Manufacturers of This Medical Device

If the manufacturers knew or should have known about the risks posed by the use of power morcellators, there may be tens of thousands of American women who have been harmed by the manufactures of the surgical devices. The tools have been on the market for over 20 years.

In  Table 1.1, you will find a list of the most popular manufacturers of power morcellators as well as the brand names under which the power morcellators are marketed and sold.

Table 1.1

Company Model
Blue Endo MOREsolution
Cook Urological, Inc.  Cook Tissue Morcellator
Ethicon, Inc.

Gynecare Morcellex

Morcellex Sigma

Gynecare X Tract

Ethicon of FemRX Diva
LiNA Medical Xcise
Lumenis, Ltd.  VersaCut + Tissue Morcellator
Karl Storz Endoscopy America KSA Steiner Electromechanic Morcellator
Karl Storz GmbH & Co.

ROTOCUT G1, G2

Swalhe II SuperCut Morcellator

Olympus

PKS PlasmaSORD

VarioCarve Morcellator

Richard Wolf GmbH Morce Power Plus
Smith & Nephew TRUCLEAR Morcellation System 

 

The defective medical device attorneys at the law firm of Peterson & Associates, P.C. are advising injured patients about their rights pertaining to power morcellators and potential lawsuits. 

Suffered A Power Morcellator Injury? Call Our Lawyers Today

power morcellator injury lawyer david petersonAfter suffering a serious injury, it's important to have legal advice that is accurate and honest so that you can understand your legal options.

If you, someone you know or perhaps a family member has gone through a hysterectomy, ovarian cyst, or uterine fibroid morcellation surgery, please contact the attorneys at Peterson & Associates, P.C. by calling 1-800-305-7552.

You may be eligible to file a damages lawsuit and recover financial compensation for injuries or losses that you may have sustained from this type of procedure.

Our team have a proven track record of success and can help to explain your legal options in simple terms.

Don't delay. Call us today or fill out our "Free Case Evaluation" form to reach us online and we will contact you shortly after we receive your inquiry.

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