Injuries And Issues From Power Morcellators
Power morcellators are medical devices that remove noncancerous growths, typically fibroids, from the uterus. Surgeons may also use them when performing hysterectomies and certain kidney and spleen surgeries. They also cut uterine tissue during laparoscopic surgery. Doctors will insert these devices through small incisions and remove the necessary tissue.
Lawsuits are being filed for failing to warn doctors and patients of the danger of using these devices.
If you have had one of these devices used during surgery or other procedures, you could be at risk for injury or illness. If you suspect a power morcellator was the cause of your serious diagnosis, call our firm, Vincent J. DeSalvo, Attorney at Law, right away at 225-224-0383. You may have a claim to compensation.
Symptoms And Signs To Watch For
Serious medical issues occur from power morcellators if they shred and spread tissue to the rest of the body during surgery. These tissues can be cancerous and cause serious growths in areas such as the stomach.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that power morcellators may spread cancer or upstage undiagnosed cancer. The most common cancers in these cases are:
- Uterine sarcoma
In many cases, the cancer was aggressive and diagnosed at a late stage. In some cases, there was little that could be done to fix the permanent damage.
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In 2014, the FDA warned that these medical devices were causing issues in one in 350 women. Johnson & Johnson was the largest manufacturer of these devices, but it halted sales and distribution after these warnings.
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