National Power Morcellator Cancer Legal Help
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Power morcellators are devices used during less-invasive surgery, such as a hysterectomies and uterine fibroid removals. Unfortunately, these devices may be responsible for spreading cancerous tissue throughout the uterus and other organs.
In fact, this is such a concern that Johnson & Johnson - the world’s largest power morcellator manufacturer - voluntarily pulled its power morcellators from market and asked surgeons to stop using them.
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Power Morcellator Manufacturers
A groundbreaking study stated that the risk of cancerous tumor spread during power morcellator surgeries was nine times greater than what doctors currently tell patients. Other than Johnson & Johnson, six other companies sell power morcellators in the U.S.:
- Karl Storz
- Lina Medical
- Richard Wolf
- Smith & Nephew
The FDA estimates that one in 350 women with uterine fibroids have undetected uterine cancer cells. In these women, power morcellators spread the cancer cells, aggravate the condition, and reduce the patient’s likelihood of long-term survival. The agency discouraged doctors from using power morcellators during hysterectomies and uterine fibroid removals for this reason, and is currently considering whether to ban power morcellation entirely.
How Does A Power Morcellator Spread Cancer?
Power morcellators are now banned by several top American hospitals due to their potential to spread cancer cells.
Here’s a quick explanation on uterine fibroids and power morcellators:
- Uterine fibroids are tissue growths inside the uterine wall.
- Fibroids often manifest during childbearing years.
- About three out of four women will have uterine fibroids at some point in their lives.
- Most women with uterine fibroids will experience no symptoms.
- Some women suffer severe complications that require surgical removal.
- Doctors use power morcellators to cut up large pieces of the fibroids to more easily remove them from the body.
It’s important to stress that these cancer cells are undetected before surgery. There’s no reliable test to identify cancerous tissue in uterine fibroids. There is no way to guarantee a patient has no cancer risk.
Even more troubling, a 2014 article noted that the cancer risk associated with power morcellators have been known for at least 20 years.
Our Chicago Defective Medical Device Attorneys Can Help
Women diagnosed with cancer after a hysterectomy or uterine removal surgery should contact an attorney as soon as possible. Doctors use these devices in tens of thousands of procedures every year, so even if you don’t know if your doctor used this device, we can find out for you, free of charge.
Several power morcellator models have been recalled and women are filing lawsuits seeking justice for their aggressive cancer diagnoses. In late 2015, over 100 morcellator cancer lawsuits were consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL No. 2652) in Kansas. These cases name Johnson & Johnson and, for the first time in U.S. history, the plaintiff’s legal team is majority-female.
Chicago defective medical device lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are currently investigating uterine cancer in all 50 states. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this device or uterine cancer, contact our firm for a free, confidential legal consultation.
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