Power Morcellator Lawsuits
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Most commonly, power morcellator lawsuits—as well as FDA warnings—center
on the use of power morcellators in hysterectomy and myomectomy procedures,
which seek to remove large portions of uterine tissue more efficiently
by non-invasively severing smaller sections of tissue masses for later
ease in removal via a cannula from the surgical site. This ostensibly
leaves patients with less visible scarring, while also promoting swifter
recovery periods in patients as the result of the electromechanical removal
of uterine or fibroid tissue by way of relatively small incision sites.
Contact Bandas Law Firm, P.C. at (361) 238-2789 if you or a loved one
suffered injuries or complications after a power morcellator procedure.
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Side Effects, Risks & Complications of Power Morcellator
Women who have undergone surgical procedures involving power morcellator
devices stand a significantly increased chance of developing new or worse
uterine cancer conditions which, left unchecked, may result in a case
of undiagnosed or under-diagnosed uterine cancer. According to a report
released by the FDA, the use of power morcellator devices is discouraged
at this time, however, the company Ethicon, along with its parent company
Johnson and Johnson, have not yet removed these dangerous medical products
from the markets entirely.
Women undergoing surgical procedures involving power morcellators stand
a grossly increased risk of developing uterine sarcomas, or uterine cancer
cells. These cancerous cells later expand into larger tissue masses in
the uterus for affected patients.
A Growing Body of Problems Identified in Power Morcellator Lawsuits
Manufacturers of power morcellator medical devices are facing increasing
numbers of claims filed by women previously undergoing medical procedures
involving the medical device. Specifically, scientific evidence and FDA
warnings, as well as tepid admissions by major manufacturers (including
Johnson and Johnson), indicate that early statements concerning the safety
of these devices grossly underestimated the risks posed to patients.
Specifically, power morcellators have been linked to a dramatically increased
risk of uterine cancer developing to more difficult to treat stages, which
inherently jeopardizes the life of the patient, as well as proves counter-productive
in many cases that originally sought to give surgical remedy to existing
uterine cancer issues. These upstaging risks were wildly underreported
by the power morcellator manufacturers. In addition, the FDA has considered
an outright ban of the product in light of growing evidence showing increased
incidences of upstaging in uterine cancer patients treated surgically
with these devices.
In the box warning issued in 2014 by the FDA on power morcellators, the
following is indicated or counter-indicated in this case:
- Using power morcellator devices to remove uterine tissue can result in
the spreading of previously undiagnosed cancer in the patients, thus rapidly
worsening previously unknown cancer conditions
- Power morcellator devices should not be utilized, per the FDA warning,
in pre- or post-menopausal women that exhibit fibroids, as well as any
woman that is an otherwise ideal candidate for complete tissue removal
via the vagina or other methods of extraction
- In any case, involving known or suspected cancerous tissues in a gynecological
tissue, power morcellators should never be employed by medical professionals
Patient Options in Light of Harms Caused by Power Morcellator Devices
Morcellator lawsuits exist to help those women who are suffering from upstaged
cancer, as well as other medical complications, as the result of prior
surgical treatment involving power morcellator devices. Women who have
undergone this process during fibroid removal or hysterectomies are advised
to seek medical attention to determine the current status of any pre-existing
cancerous growths and if found to present upstaging in the case of uterine
cancer patients, individuals should also seek the advice of a power morcellator lawyer.
Contact Bandas Law Firm, P.C. online or by phone at (361) 238-2789 for
a free consultation with a Corpus Christi power morcellator lawsuit lawyer
at our firm.