At the law firm of Goodman Acker P.C. our
Michigan defective medical device lawyers are currently investigating cases for women patients who suffer from cancer
as a result of a power morcellator used during a hysterectomy. Since the
late 1990’s, the power morcellator has become a quite popular device
to be used in hysterectomies (55,000 – 75,000 procedures in the
U.S. every year).
However, despite its popularity, new medical research published this month
in the Journal of American Medical Association found that the the power
morcellator, when used in a hysterectomy surgery, could spread hidden
and potentially fatal cancers in women. This study supports the previous
warnings issued in April of 2014 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
on the surgical device.
The power morcellator is used to shred or cut up large masses of tissue
inside the body so the material can be extracted through small incisions.
It is often used during a hysterectomy procedure (surgery to remove the
uterus) to treat uterine fibroid tumors. However if cancer cells are present
at the time of the surgery, this can prevent a very dangerous situation
to the patient. The surgical device can actually spread the cancerous
cells to other parts of the woman's body causing the potential spreading
of fatal cancer.
And for women to have undetected cancer before the use of a morcellator
is not uncommon unfortunately. According to the FDA, 1 in 250 women undergoing
a hysterectomy or a surgery to remove benign growths known as fibroids
had uterine cancer their doctors had not detected. The new study done
by doctors at Columbia University found that nearly 1 in 370 women who
undergoes a hysterectomy using the surgical device, power morcellator,
is found to have previously undetected uterine cancers.
One of the most fatal types of cancer it can spread, if undetected at time
of surgery, is uterine leiomyosarcoma, which is a rare and aggressive
form of cancer.
Unfortunately, many women claim they were never even warned about this
risk of cancer being spread before the hysterectomy was performed.
A growing number of lawsuits are being filed on behalf of women who have
developed cancer as a result of a surgeon or doctor using a power morcellator
during a hysterectomy. Some of the cancers that women may suffer from include:
- Leiomyosarcoma (LMS)
- Uterine Cancer
- Uterine Sarcoma
It is the responsibly of medical manufacturers to ensure their products
are safe to patients. Failure to do so could give means to a defective
medical device lawsuit. If you or someone you love suffers from cancer
after the use of a morcellator in a hysterectomy surgery, call our top
rated Michigan medical device lawyers today at(248) 793-2010 for immediate assistance and legal advice.
We offer a free, no obligation case review where we will discuss your case,
determine whether or not you have a claim, and explain your legal rights
to you. Call now as there are strict statute of limitations in Michigan
to file such a claim. Failure to comply within those time limitations
could mean that your case could be barred forever and you will not be
able to collect compensation for your injuries.