Laparoscopic Power Morcellation

Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys is reviewing potential lawsuits involving women who received a cancer diagnosis after gynecological surgery that involved the use of Laparoscopic Power Morcellation.

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What is Laparoscopic Power Morcellation?

Surgeons began using LPMs in the mid-1990s as an alternative to more invasive procedures used to remove uterine fibroids during either a myomectomy or a hysterectomy. An LPM procedure involves the use of a thin, lighted tube equipped with a camera called a laparoscope, and a power morcellator, which uses a small blade inside of a hollow cylinder to fragment and remove tissue through the tube.

Why You May Need A Lawyer after A LPM Procedure

Laparoscopic power morcellation is a surgical technique often used in gynecological procedures, such as the removal of uterine fibroids or hysterectomy, where a device called a morcellator is used to cut tissue into smaller pieces. This allows the tissue to be removed through small incision sites.

While this method offers benefits like reduced recovery times and smaller scars, it also carries specific risks that might necessitate legal counsel. Here are some reasons someone may need a lawyer after undergoing this procedure:

  1. Spread of Undetected Cancer: One of the most serious risks associated with power morcellation is the potential spread of undiagnosed cancerous tissues. If cancerous cells are present in the uterus, morcellation can disseminate these cells within the abdominal cavity, potentially upgrading a localized cancer to a more advanced stage. This can drastically affect prognosis and treatment options.
  2. Inadequate Informed Consent: Patients must be adequately informed about the risks and benefits of any surgical procedure before giving consent. If a patient was not fully informed about the specific risks of laparoscopic power morcellation, especially the potential for spreading undiagnosed cancer, they might have grounds for a lawsuit based on lack of informed consent.
  3. Medical Malpractice: If the procedure was not performed to the standard expected, resulting in complications or harm, the patient might seek legal redress for medical malpractice. This includes situations where the morcellation was improperly done or if there was a failure to recognize and manage complications appropriately.
  4. Product Liability: In cases where the device used was faulty or inherently dangerous, patients may have a claim against the manufacturer. This could involve situations where the design of the morcellator was flawed, leading to an increased risk of harm beyond what could reasonably be expected.
  5. Regulatory Actions: Sometimes, the use of certain medical devices like power morcellators might be subject to specific warnings or restrictions by health regulatory bodies. If a doctor fails to adhere to these regulations, resulting in harm, a lawyer can help navigate the legal implications and potential for compensation.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Laparoscopic Power Morcellation.

Explore our FAQ to get the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about laparoscopic power morcellation.

What are the risks associated with laparoscopic power morcellation?

The main risk is the potential for spreading undiagnosed cancerous cells, particularly uterine sarcomas, within the abdominal cavity. Other risks include bleeding, infection, and damage to surrounding organs.

Why has laparoscopic power morcellation become controversial?

The controversy stems from the risk of spreading undetected malignant cells that could worsen a patient’s overall prognosis. As a result, the use of morcellation has faced significant scrutiny and has led to stricter guidelines and recommendations by health authorities.

What has the FDA said about laparoscopic power morcellation?

The FDA has issued warnings about the use of power morcellators, particularly in the removal of the uterus or fibroids, due to the risk of spreading unsuspected cancer. They recommend that morcellators be used with caution and that detailed informed consent should be obtained from patients.

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