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A power morcellator is a medical tool used by surgeons to cut large chunks of tissue into smaller ones, usually during gynecological procedures like laparoscopic hysterectomy (uterus removal) and myomectomy (fibroid removal). After a year-long investigation into claims that power morcellators were linked to higher cancer risks in woman, the FDA required manufacturers of the surgical device to place strong new warnings on their product labels in 2014.
Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson, advised doctors to stop using their power morcellators and subsequently withdrew them from the market. Unfortunately, models made by other companies(Blue Endo, LiNA Medical, Olympus, KSE American, and Lumenis, Ltd.) remain available on the market to this day because there is no official ban on the devices. If you’ve developed cancer after a procedure with a power morcellator, please contact our defective medical devices attorneys in Pittsburgh at Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. immediately. We handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay nothing unless we recover a favorable settlement.
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How Power Morcellators Spread Cancer
According to the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, power morcellators were developed to reduce the size of an enlarged uterus so that it could be removed through small laparoscopic incisions or the vaginal canal. This allowed women to avoid the more invasive hysterectomy procedure, which may include more blood loss and other complications.
After their investigation, the FDA warned that 1 in 350 women who undergo morcellation for hysterectomy or myomectomy may have uterine cancer. When the power morcellator shreds tissue, it can potentially spread undiagnosed cancerous tissue in the abdominal cavity, worsening the cancer. In fact, morcellation could turn a tumor from stage 1 to stage 4, making it much more difficult to treat and decreasing the chance of long-term survival.
In 2017, the FDA reaffirmed its 2014 findings, but they did not change its recommendations for clinicians or recommend a ban. Before the FDA warnings, roughly 60,000 procedures with power morcellators were performed every year, which means there are potentially hundreds of thousands victims in the United States.
How Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. Can Help
If you or a loved one received morcellation surgery and was diagnosed with cancer, please contact our defective medical devices lawyers in Pittsburgh at Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. today. While the harm done can never be reversed, you may be entitled to financial compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering and medical bills. We are deeply committed to protecting the rights of patients and consumers throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.
Call (844) 383-0565 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.