Morcellator Cancer Lawsuits
Medical device attorneys from the national firm of Kelley Bernheim Dolinsky, LLC are currently working with women across the United States to file morcellator cancer lawsuits after diagnoses of cancer following laparoscopic surgery where these surgical tools were employed. Often used during laparoscopic hysterectomies or uterine fibroid surgery, a power morcellator is used to cut tissues. In rare cases, the use of a power morcellator may cause a potentially fatal form of uterine cancer to spread. If you or a woman you love has suffered from uterine cancer which may have spread due to morcellation, you could be entitled to substantial financial compensation in a morcellator cancer lawsuit.
Morcellators and Uterine Cancer
The FDA issued a safety warning to caution against the use of morcellators during hysterectomy and myomectomy procedures (to remove uterine fibroids) on April 17, 2014. According to the FDA, cancer cells in undetected uterine sarcomas or leiomyosarcomas (LMS) may be spread beyond the uterus when morcellators are used during these procedures. Surgery with a morcellator may cause these cancer cells to spread to the abdomen or pelvis, which can have an adverse and potentially fatal effect upon a woman’s long-term survival. The FDA will meet later this year to further investigate the possible link between power morcellation and the spread of uterine cancer.
While no power morcellators have yet been recalled in light of the FDA safety alert, the Ethicon unit of Johnson & Johnson has voluntarily suspended sales and distribution of its power morcellators, including:
- Gynecare Morcellex Tissue Morcellator
- Morcellex Sigma Tissue Morcellator System
- Gynecare X-Tract Tissue Morcellator
While Johnson & Johnson states that they are confident in the safety of these devices, sales have been haulted until the FDA further clarifies any risks.
At this time, Johnson & Johnson (Ethicon) as well as other makers of morcellators have already been named as defendants in at least one medical product liability lawsuit, which was filed by the family of a woman who died from metastatic leiomyosarcoma after undergoing a hysterectomy where a morcellator was used.
Morcellator Cancer Lawsuit Consultations
Some experts and victims of possible morcellator-related cancer claim that these devices were not subjected to sufficient testing before use in hysterectomy or myomectomy procedures, and that they do not carry adequate warnings about the potential risk of spreading cancer cells. If you or a woman you love suffered because cancer may have been spread after uterus surgery with a morcellator, you could be entitled to recover compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial damages in a dangerous medical device lawsuit. For a free and confidential morcellator cancer lawsuit consultation, please contact our attorneys.