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Power Morcellators are surgical devices used during laparoscopic gynecological procedures. These devices are commonly used to remove uterine fibroids, as well as during hysterectomies. It has come to light that these devices unintentionally spread cancerous tissue in women during the removal process. In fact, this is such a concern that Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest manufacturer of these devices, voluntarily pulled its Power Morcellators from global markets and asked surgeons to stop using them.
These devices are now banned by several top American hospitals due to the possibility that they spread cancerous cells, resulting in uterine cancer diagnoses in many women. The FDA issued many warnings and safety updates on Power Morcellators, most recently urging doctors to discontinue their use during uterine fibroid removal surgeries.
Uterine fibroids are tissue growths inside the uterine wall that often manifest during childbearing years. About three out of four women will have uterine fibroids at some point in their lives, though most have no symptoms. The size and severity depend on the individual, however some women suffer severe complications that require surgical removal.
Although there is no single best treatment, doctors often recommend a minimally invasive procedure using a Power Morcellator to remove the fibroids. The device shaves harmful uterine tissue into small pieces in order to remove them through a small incision. When patients have undetected cancer tissues in the fibroids, this procedure disperses cancerous cells into the abdomen, potentially causing the cancer to spread.
It is important to stress that these cancer cells remain undetected in women, as there is not a reliable test to identify cancerous tissue in uterine fibroids. The only way to locate dangerous uterine tissue is to undergo an invasive gynecological procedure.
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Medical researchers involved in the groundbreaking study stated that the risk of cancerous tumor spread was nine times greater than is currently communicated to patients. Other than Johnson & Johnson, there are six other companies that sell laparoscopic Power Morcellators in the U.S.: Lina Medical, Karl Storz, Trokamed, Gyrus, Richard Wolf, and Smith & Nephew.
Women who received a cancer diagnosis after undergoing a surgery using a Power Morcellator should contact an attorney as soon as possible. Doctors use these devices in thousands of procedures every year, so even if you do not know if your physician used this device, we can find out for you, free of charge.
Uterine cancer lawyers at Alexander Shunnarah are currently investigating cases of cancer development in all 50 states. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this device or its harmful effects, contact our firm for a free, confidential legal consultation.