Have you or a loved one been harmed by a Power Morcellator?Discouraged By FDA, Power Morcellators May Spread Cancer In Hysterectomies & Other Surgeries. If you or your loved one has developed or been diagnosed with cancer after being treated with a morcellator during a hysterectomy or other gynecologic surgery, we urge you to contact Van Wey Law today to speak with one of our attorneys.
What Is A Morcellator?
A morcellator is a surgical instrument designed to divide (“morcellate”) and subsequently remove large volumes of tissue mass during minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgery. Power morcellators became popular for use in hysterectomies and the removal of uterine fibroids (myomectomy) because of the reduced recovery time and lowered risk of infection associated with laparoscopic procedures.
Power Morcellators May Spread Undiagnosed Cancer Cells During Hysterectomy Procedures
On April 17, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that they were discouraging use of morcellators for hysterectomies or myomectomies because the procedure could potentially spread previously undiscovered cancerous tissue beyond the uterus and into the rest of the body. The FDA reported that, based on available data, 1 in 350 women undergoing a hysterectomy or myomectomy also have an unsuspected type of uterine cancer known as uterine sarcoma. Morcellation of uterine tissue during a surgical procedure may spread these cancer cells to other parts of the abdomen. This Risk of Spreading Cancer Was Inadequately Disclosed To Patients. Since the FDA’s April announcement, lawsuits have been filed across the country on behalf of women who’ve been diagnosed or passed away from cancer spread by the use of morcellators. In July of 2014, the FDA convened a panel to review evidence and discuss safety and regulatory options but has yet to render any decisions. Contact Van Wey Law To Discuss Your Potential Case Today Van Wey Law is currently accepting morcellator cancer cases from all 50 states. Call us today at 888-694-8093 for a free consultation or to learn more.