California Hysterectomy Uterine Cancer Spread
Many personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits are being filed on behalf of women who developed widespread metastatic cancer, usually untreatable, after doctors used a power morcellator during a minimally invasive hysterectomy.
Power Morcellators devices have blades that cut up the uterus to make it easier to remove via the minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure. But, unfortunately during that surgical process, they can also spread cancer cells throughout the abdomen and pelvis.
Many women allege that they were never warned about this risk. Medical experts are concerned over potential uterine cancer risks that may be associated with the popular surgical device used during laparoscopic hysterectomies.Power Morcellator Hysterectomy Uterine Cancer Spread Lawsuit: Dr Shezad Malik Law Firm Can Help Call Toll Free 214-390-3189 ext. 2
The Dr Shezad Malik Law Firm is currently accepting morcellator hysterectomy uterine sarcoma cancer spread cases in all 50 states, including California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas.
If you or somebody you know developed widespread uterine cancer after a minimally invasive laparoscopic hysterectomy, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form to contact us or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at 214-390-3189 ext 2 or 214-390-3189.What is the Problem With Power Morcellation Hysterectomy?
Minimally invasive laparoscopic hysterectomy is being performed at epidemic rates across the United States. Incredibly, about 500,000 unsuspecting American women have a hysterectomy every year.
At least 40% of hysterectomies are used to treat uterine fibroids, which are non-cancerous growths on the uterus. Unfortunately, about 1 in 350 fibroids are actually uterine sarcoma, an extremely aggressive type of cancer.What are Power Morcellators?
Power Morcellators use blades to cut up tissues, which are sucked out through a tube.
The problem is that morcellators often leave behind tiny pieces of tissue. If the pieces contain cancerous cells, morcellators can spread aggressive cancer throughout a woman’s abdomen.
Major Manufacturers make the Power Morcellators including:
Johnson and Johnson Ethicon
- Ethicon Gynecare Morcellex Tissue Morcellator
- Ethicon Gynecare X-Tract
- Ethicon Morcellex Sigma
- Karl Storz Rotocut G1, G2, Steiner, and Sawalhell Supercut Morcellator
- LiNA Medical Xcise Cordless Laparoscopic Morcellator
- Richard Wolf Morce-Power 2306 Electronic Morcellator
A number of hospitals nationwide have stopped using the power morcellator, and according to experts, women under going a laparoscopic hysterectomy may not be receiving adequate warnings about the morcellation health risks.Morcellators Linked to Increased Risk of Death from Uterine Cancer
Recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), including a letter titled “Evaluating the Risks of Electric Uterine Morcellation.”
These articles were accompanied with an editorial, “Critics of Fibroid Removal Procedure Question Risks It May Pose for Women with Undetected Uterine Cancer.”FDA Warnings on Morcellation Uterine Cancer Risk
In April 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Safety Communication with explicit warnings against using morcellators for hysterectomies or surgery to remove uterine fibroids (myomectomy).
“If laparoscopic power morcellation is performed in women with unsuspected uterine sarcoma, there is a risk that the procedure will spread the cancerous tissue within the abdomen and pelvis, significantly worsening the patient’s likelihood of long-term survival.
For this reason, and because there is no reliable method for predicting whether a woman with fibroids may have a uterine sarcoma, the FDA discourages the use of laparoscopic power morcellation during hysterectomy or myomectomy for uterine fibroids.”FDA Black Box Warning November 2014
On November 24, 2014, the FDA issued a Safety Communication, in which they attached a “Black Box” warning to power morcellators because of the extreme risks they pose to users. A BLACK BOX warning is the strongest warning that the FDA can issue, short of nationwide recall. Unfortunately the FDA did not issue a nationwide recall.
The FDA stated that the risks posed by morcellators outweigh any potential benefits that, in almost all circumstances, the use of these devices should not be used.
The FDA noted that the use of these devices puts too many women at risk.How to file a Morcellator Uterine Cancer Lawsuit?
The Dr Shezad Malik Law Firm is currently accepting morcellator hysterectomy sarcoma cancer cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured or died as a result of uterine cancer after a hysterectomy, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation 214-390-3189 ext. 2 or 214-390-3189 now.