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Why File a Morcellator Lawsuit?
A power morcellator is an surgical device that is commonly used in minimally invasive hysterectomies and myomectomies. It works by aggressively cutting the uterine tissue into small pieces and removing it through a small incision. This is a minimally invasive technique that avoids large surgical scars, reduces recovery time, and surgical risks from the large incisions of “open” surgeries. However, the danger comes from power morcellators being used in women with an undiagnosed cancer growth known as a uterine sarcoma. The morcellation process can rapidly progress the growth of the cancer by spreading cancer cells throughout the abdominal cavity.
Risks of Spreading Cancer From Morcellation
There is currently no reliable way to detect uterine sarcomas in women. If a woman has an undetected uterine sarcoma, the use of a power morcellator will shred the undetected cancerous tissues and may spread the cancerous cells through the abdominal cavity and even to other parts of the body.
Because of the increased risk of cancer, the FDA has released numerous warnings discouraging the use of morcellators by medical professionals in the removal of uterine fibroids. The FDA has called for an immediate “black-box” warning, the FDA’s strongest warning, on power morcellators.
Risks of Power Morcellation
- One in 352 women undergoing hysterectomy or myomectomy for presumed fibroids have an unsuspected uterine sarcoma.
- One in 498 women undergoing the same surgeries have an unsuspected uterine leiomyosarcoma, an even more deadly form of cancer.
- In 25-64% of cases where morcellation is performed in the presence of an unsuspected sarcoma, cancer spreads or advances in its staging.
- Approximately one in 368 women who underwent hysterectomy using morcellation between 2006 and 2012 developed uterine cancer.
- Cancer risk in patients undergoing hysterectomy or myomectomy increases with increasing age.
Lawsuits Against Morcellator Manufacturers
Current lawsuits claims that Ethicon and other manufacturers of power morcellators failed to adequately warn patients and other healthcare professionals about the dangers of morcellator use. They alleged that the manufacturers either did not do enough testing before their product was released or that they knew of the potential dangers of spreading cancer from their device but did not make it known or adequately warn consumers.
These lawsuits generally allege that Ethicon and other morcellator manufacturers of:
- Failure to warn of risks and complications associated with morcellation
- Production and distribution of a product that is unsafe and unfit for its intended use
- Lack of proper safety testing prior to releasing the product to market
- Failure to remove the product from the market once health risks were known
File a Power Morcellator Lawsuit!
A power morcellator was used in over 50,000 procedures annually in the United States. If you or a loved one underwent a morcellation procedure and then were diagnosed with cancer, you need an experienced product liability lawyer. A product liability lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and recourse you can take. Drug Resource is an advocate group that will help you find an experienced lawyer in morcellator claims.