Morcellators are powered laparoscopic cutting devices used during hysterectomies, myomectomies, and uterine fibroid surgeries. Featuring sharp edges and cutting jaws that grind up and remove tissue, morcellators are meant to allow for a shorter recovery period for patients. However, according to recent studies, power morcellators can leave behind cancerous cells that spread to adjacent tissues.
If you or someone you care about was diagnosed with abdominal leiomyosarcoma (ULMS) or abdominal cancer after an abdominal laparoscopic procedure performed with a power morcellator, you may be entitled to compensation. Get the experienced legal help you deserve—call the defective medical device lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys at (877) 562-0000 or fill out a free online consultation form.
Each year, surgeons use power morcellators to perform approximately 50,000 hysterectomies and myomectomies, which involve removing a woman’s uterus or uterine fibroids. When surgeons use morcellators in uterine surgery, previously undetected cancerous uterine fibroid tissue may be morcellated, allowing cancer to spread throughout a patient’s abdominal cavity. This can result in spread of the tumor.
FDA Discourages Morcellator Use
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimates that one in 350 women undergoing a hysterectomy or myomectomy to remove uterine fibroids has uterine cancer cells, including those for leiomyosarcoma. The FDA suggests the use of power morcellation could spread the cancer, aggravate the condition, and shorten the patient’s chances of survival.
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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If you or your loved one were diagnosed with uterine leiomyosarcoma (ULMS) or abdominal cancer after a laparoscopic hysterectomy, myomectomy, or fibroid removal surgery, the legal team at Cory Watson Attorneys is here to help.
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