Laparoscopic Power Morcellator
Power morcellators are cutting tools used in minimally invasive laparoscopic hysterectomy and myomectomies (procedures to remove fibroids) to remove the uterus or fibroids through a small incision. Unfortunately, the use of power morcellators creates a serious health risk for women with undetected uterine cancer. When used in women with undetected uterine cancer, the morcellator, which acts similar to a hand blender, essentially distributes cancer cells throughout the pelvis – potentially accelerating the growth of cancer and/or seeding it in different areas of the body. The FDA has estimated that as many as 1 in 350 women undergoing a hysterectomy or myomectomy may have undetected uterine cancer.
In April 2014, the FDA issued a warning that the use of power morcellators may spread cancer throughout a woman’s body before doctors are aware of a malignancy. As a result, Johnson & Johnson has halted sales of these surgical tools, only after they were used in thousands of procedures
In addition, as of July 2014, the largest manufacturer of this device (Ethicon) voluntarily recalled these devices from the market worldwide. They also asked for all hospitals that have this device in stock, to voluntarily return them. However, there are still many other manufacturers selling this device.
The use of these laparoscopic power morcellators is causing an unnecessary rise in a woman’s probability of dying of aggressive cancer without her even knowing that she had a choice until it’s too late.
There is a lot you need to know as a victim of the use of this device. We are offering free legal consultations and legal advice to everyone who developed uterine cancer. We are here to listen to your individual case and help you learn more about your legal options.