Many modern innovations in health care have aimed at making surgical procedures safer and less invasive. Although these surgeries are favored, some have proven to carry significant health risks that were either unrecognized or unreported before popular use. According to recent findings published by the FDA in April, women who have undergone hysterectomies and fibroid removal surgery using a power morcellator are now especially at risk. The power morcellator was recalled in late July by Johnson & Johnson and many women are left wondering “Why was the morcellator recalled?” For those who have already gone through with a procedure using this defective device, you need to know what the side effects are and what you should do now.
What is a Power Morcellator?
A power morcellator is a small, electronically-powered device that was used in certain procedures like hysterectomies and fibroid removal surgery to remove fibroids and cancerous tissues. The device uses rotating blades to break down this tissue into smaller fragments, a process called morcellation, so that it can be easily removed from the body. Unlike traditional surgical methods for these procedures, this technique uses small incisions, which is why many doctors favored the use of power morcellators when performing such surgeries. Additionally, the majority of patients have reported fewer wound complications, less blood loss, quicker recovery periods, and a reduction in post-operative pain.
Why Was The Morcellator Recalled?
Unfortunately, patients were not properly warned of all the morcellators risks and the benefits of power morcellators do not outweigh the serious health risks that have been associated with the procedure. Studies discovered that as the device breaks down large tissue masses, small tissue fragments often break away and spread to other vital organs within the abdominal cavity. These fragments pose a serious health risk to patients if any cancer exists within the fibroids, or other tissue masses, that are being removed. If cancer is present, these cancer cells can then be spread throughout a woman’s pelvic or abdominal region which greatly increases their risk of death and other serious complications.
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If you or a loved one underwent surgery using a morcellator device, you could be eligible for legal compensation due to medical negligence.
The FDA’s Recent Findings
A study performed by PLOS One discovered that out of 1,000 women, the rate of unexpected cancers was 9 times higher than what doctors had been reporting to their patients prior to treatment. The FDA also estimated that 1 in 350 women undergoing a hysterectomy or fibroid treatment will have some form of unsuspected uterine cancer. One especially deadly form of uterine cancer, known as sarcoma, poses a significant threat to women since their chance of long term survival is worsened after undergoing a procedure that involves a morcellator. Because of these findings, Johnson & Johnson announced a voluntary recall of all their morcellator devices as of late July 2014.
What You Should Do
If you or a loved one has undergone surgery involving a morcellator device, submit your case to us to determine whether or not you are eligible for legal compensation. A knowledgeable professional can review your case to determine if you are experiencing the side effects of medical negligence.