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Despite Rising Death Toll, Doctors Ask FDA To Reconsider Morcellator Stance

In 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned physicians on the use of power morcellators in hysterectomies and other procedures. For years, physicians used power morcellators to grind up and remove fibroids within the uterus. While minimally invasive, morcellation can also grind up cancer cells within the uterus and spread them through the body.

Many women have been killed due to the use of power morcellators in a hysterectomy. In fact , the FDA has determined that one in 352 women undergoing hysterectomies for uterine fibroids have undiagnosed leiomyosarcoma. There is strong evidence to show that the makers of power morcellators knew of these risks and did nothing, despite the fact that many women have died due to upstaged cancer. As of today, approximately 30 families are bringing claims against the makers of power morcellators.

Fay Law Group, P.A., is helping lead the fight to help families who have lost loved ones due to this needless process. Call our law firm at 800-522-2715 to set up a free consultation.

A Second Opinion On Morcellation In Hysterectomies?

Despite the death toll associated with the use of power morcellation in hysterectomies, on December 8, 2015, a group of gynecologists have argued that the FDA should revisit its warning on power morcellators. A group of gynecologists, led by Dr. William Parker, Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, sent an open letter to the FDA. Dr. Parker also published an article on this topic in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

These doctors believe that the risks of morcellation are overstated, citing studies claiming that only one in 1,960 women have undiagnosed cancer. The reaction to this open letter and article has not been favorable. Dr. Hoonan Noorchashm is a leading advocate on the ban of morcellators. His wife, Dr. Amy Reed, is battling upstaged cancer due to morcellation. Dr. Noorchashm notes that in the same issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, a different group of gynecologists claims that one in 278 women are at risk of upstaged cancer. Most importantly, the FDA has not made any plans to change its position on the use of power morcellators. Furthermore, members of Congress, including Pennsylvania representatives Mike Fitzpatrick and Tim Murphy, have pressed the FDA for answers on this issue.

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