A morcellator is a surgical instrument that is used to remove benign uterine tumors or even the entire uterus during laparoscopic surgery. Morcellators have long been used in hysterectomies and to remove fibroids and about 60,000 to 75,000 surgeries use these instruments every year. But the Food and Drug Administration recently issued a warning regarding the use of morcellators, which are suspected of spreading hidden cancer cells in the course of fibroid removal.
There have been several cases of uterine cancer spread following laparoscopic removal of fibroids using morcellation. If you have been diagnosed with uterine cancer following laparoscopic fibroid surgery, you should talk to our medical malpractice team as soon as possible.
At the Washington, D.C., firm of Fay Law Group, P.A., we have extensive litigation experience in cases involving gynecological cancer, uterine diseases and laparoscopic surgery malpractice. To schedule a free consultation with an attorney to discuss your diagnosis and legal options, please call 202-644-8854 or 800-522-2715.
The FDA Warns Against Morcellator Usage and Surgeons Do Not Listen
According to the Wall Street Journal, many gynecologists and surgeons have still proceeded to use morcellators in their surgery despite a very clear warning by the FDA that these instruments drastically increase the risk for spreading cancer. According to the report, morcellators can spread undiagnosed cancerous cells throughout the body, causing the disease to become even more deadly and spread more rapidly.
Johnson & Johnson has even gone as far as asking doctors to return morcellators. The company has not issued an official recall, but this step is the closest thing possible to one.
Find Out If You Have a Lawsuit
The main issue with morcellation is that it leaves behind bits of the fibroid which become scattered inside the body. If any of these cells are cancerous, that cancer is spread much more quickly and becomes even more dangerous.
If you have undergone surgery that involved a morcellator and later discovered you had cancer, you likely have a lawsuit. The only way to be absolutely sure is to consult with an experienced lawyer regarding your options. We are fully prepared to analyze your case completely and bring suit against all negligent parties.
We are familiar with all of the manufactures of this dangerous surgical instrument, including:
- Blue Endo
- Lumenis Inc.
- Ethicon Gynecare and more
Questions to Ask Yourself
- Did your cancer spread because a laparoscopic morcellator was used during your surgical procedure?
- Did you experience other adverse side effects following this surgical procedure?
If so, you may have a valid medical malpractice claim and you may be entitled to significant compensation.
We are one of the first law firms in the United States to bring litigation cases involving morcellator use and uterine cancer. We can review the details of your case and help you determine a solid course of legal action.
Learn More About Morcellation Cancer Lawsuits and Uterine Cancer in Maryland
The below articles cover morcellator issues in more depth:
- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had a database full of laparoscopic morcellator issues and failed to take action early on in its research.
- The FDA finally encourages doctors to stop using power morcellation in uterine surgery due to the dangers it poses.
- Removing fibroids with power morcellation can lead to cancer.
- Studies at Columbia University support the FDA's new findings that morcellators lead to cancer.
While it was originally thought that morcellators were safe, research is now showing that many women who undergo this surgery suffer from a rare form of cancer known as uterine leiomyosarcoma. This type of cancer is very aggressive. If you or a loved one has received a diagnosis of cancer after undergoing power morcellation, reach out to our team for immediate guidance.
Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer for Uterine Cancer Advice
Did you develop metastatic uterine cancer (in particular, leiomyosarcoma) following a laparoscopic procedure? Talk to an attorney from our law firm to learn about your legal options.
Contact our Washington, D.C., and Maryland-based law offices today to schedule a free consultation.