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Our Power Morcellator Cancer Lawyer Can Help You
While medical technology has made significant advances to improve the life and health of many individuals, some medical devices are life-threatening and can significantly decrease one’s quality of life. The legal team of Morris, King & Hodge, P.C., is dedicated to holding the makers of dangerous medical devices responsible for any harm they cause. If a power morcellator was used during a hysterectomy or other gynecological surgery and you have developed cancer, you may have the right to seek compensation for your losses. To learn more about your rights, speak with a power morcellation cancer attorney by contacting our Huntsville Alabama attorneys today for a free case review.
Developed Cancer After a Power Morcellator Use?
A power morcellator may be used in surgeries to cut or break down tissues into smaller pieces for easier removal. Unfortunately, the power morcellation may spread any cancerous cell present during the pulverization of tissues. The medical device, which was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1995, has been a popular tool during gynecologic surgeries. A non-power version was also approved by the FDA in 1991.
- Hysterectomy: Morcellators are used to cut up the uterus for easier removal during hysterectomy surgeries. Potential lawsuits are being investigated by our power morcellator cancer lawyer for women who have been diagnosed with cancer that may have been spread during a Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy or Robotic Hysterectomy.
- Uterine Fibroid Removal: The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that most women will develop uterine fibroids (leiomyomas) at some point in their life. Fibroids can cause symptoms such as pelvic pain or prolonged menstrual bleeding that can be relieved with surgery.
- Laparoscopic Surgery: Fibroids are often removed through laparoscopic surgery, a surgical option that is less invasive and less risky, allowing for a faster recovery time. Many fibroid removals (myomectomy) and hysterectomy surgeries include the use of a power morcellator.
- Common Surgical Procedure: Every year, approximately 60,000 procedures, using a power morcellator, are performed.
- Risky Procedure: Since the introduction of the power morcellator, medical experts were aware that the spread of cancer cells was a risk. The FDA reports that 1 in 350 women undergoing a hysterectomy or fibroid removal has an unsuspected type of cancer called uterine sarcoma.
- Cancer: When a surgeon uses a power morcellator during surgery on a woman with uterine sarcoma, the risk of cancer spreading increases significantly. Unfortunately, women often are not informed about the spread of cancer until after the surgery has taken place and removed tissue is tested.
Power Morcellation Cancer Attorney and the FDA
While the FDA did not ban the use of the risky medical device, in April 2014, it released a report strongly urging doctors to talk about the risks involved with using laparoscopic power morcellators in hysterectomy and fibroid removal surgeries. Women who are facing gynecologic surgery should ask their doctors if a power morcellator will be used and the use is necessary. Women may opt for and be eligible for a different form of surgery.
Contact Our Power Morcellator Attorney and Receive a Free Case Review
Modern medical technology allows for patients to have lower risks of disease or death and can allow for faster healing time. While many medical devices are helpful during a surgical procedure, some devices can be dangerous and increase the risk of life-threatening conditions or injuries. The AV-rated firm of Morris, King & Hodge, P.C., is dedicated to helping women who have developed cancer after a surgery when a power morcellator was used. Our track record of success includes over $30 Million in settlements. To speak with a firm partner about your case free of charge, call us at (256) 274-8130 or (888) 445-5585 or send us an online message.