In May 2015, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced that it would be investigating power morcellators after it was revealed the device could cause the spread of cancer in women. Just one-year prior, Johnson & Johnson voluntarily recalled power morcellators after reports of women whose cancer spread when the device was used for fibroid removal.
If you or someone you love had cancer that metastasized after undergoing a procedure with a morcellator, the class action lawyers at Gordon & Doner want to hear from you. We can help you determine if you are entitled to file a power morcellator lawsuit.
FBI Launches Investigation into Morcellators
The bureau interviewed three people, including a victim of a power morcellator procedure, a pathologist who spoke to Johnson & Johnson about problems with the morcellators in 2006, and a doctor who came forward about the procedures after becoming a victim of the device.
Dr. Amy Reed, a victim of power morcellation, has collected the names of nearly 400 patients and families who claim to have been harmed by morcellators. The FBI allegedly interviewed her about her concerns.
In November 2014, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) tightened its guidelines on the use of power morcellators to include a statement about the risks in using the device.
Studies Link Morcellators to Spread of Cancer
In July 2014, Columbia University Medical Center published a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association that examined a possible link between uterine cancers and morcellator hysterectomy procedures. The study revealed that one out of every 370 women who has a hysterectomy using a morcellator also has undiagnosed uterine cancer. During the procedure, the undiagnosed cancer could be spread throughout the abdominal wall.
A previous study from 2012 entitled Peritoneal Dissemination Complicating Morcellation of Uterine Mesenchymal Neoplasms, revealed that uterine morcellation carries a high risk of spreading unexpected cancerous tumors. Additionally, the study noted that the spread of leiomyosarcoma, particular type of uterine cancer, was associated with a much higher mortality rate.
If you believe your cancer spread due to the use of a power morcellator, contact our law firm for a free case review. You may be entitled to file a power morcellator lawsuit for current and future medical expenses, lost wages, or any other damages you may have suffered.
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FDA Safety Communication
In April 2014, the FDA issued a news release discussing the risks involved with laparoscopic power morcellation. The FDA discouraged the use of morcellation based on data that revealed the devices' risk of spreading unsuspected cancerous tissue outside the uterus.
The FDA determined that approximately 1 in 350 women who undergo treatment for fibroids have an undiagnosed type of uterine cancer called uterine sarcoma. If morcellation is performed, there is a risk the procedure will spread cancerous tissue throughout the abdomen and pelvis.
Based on these findings, the FDA recommended that power morcellation not be used in women with suspected or known uterine cancer, and that health professionals share all knowledge of this procedure and its risks with patients.
Additionally, the FDA recommended that women who underwent a hysterectomy or myomectomy for fibroids schedule a follow-up with their physician to screen for any issues.
Types of Morcellators
Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon division discontinued sales of their products following the FDA's news release on power morcellators. Although Johnson & Johnson is the only manufacturer who has voluntarily withdrawn their products, many more power morcellators could also be putting patients at risk. The following is a list of power morcellator manufacturers and models.
|Cook Urological, Inc.||Cook Tissue Morcellator|
|Ethicon of FemRX||
|Ethicon, Inc.||Gynecare Morcellex
Gynecare X Tract
|Lumenis, Ltd.||Versacut+Tissue Morcellator|
|Karl Storz Endoscopy America||KSE Steiner Electromechanic Morcellator|
|Karl Storz GmbH & Co.||ROTOCUT G1. G2
Swalhe II Supercut
|Richard Wolf GmbH||Morce Power Plus|
|Smith & Nephew||TRUCLEAR|
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Contact our Morcellator Lawsuit Lawyers Today
Several power morcellator lawsuits have already been filed by women who claim to have developed cancer after being treated with a morcellator.
If you or someone you love underwent this procedure and were later diagnosed with uterine cancer, you may be eligible to file a morcellator lawsuit.
The experienced team of attorneys at Gordon & Doner believe you have suffered a terrible tragedy that no one should ever have to endure. We are dedicated to holding careless manufacturers responsible for their actions and for putting the public in serious danger.
We proudly offer free case reviews and you will not owe us any fees if we are unable to recover financial compensation for you. To learn more about filing a morcellator lawsuit, contact us today.