The day you’ve been dreading has finally arrived. Due to a suspicious Pap smear, your gynecologist discovered several tumors in your uterus that could have been signs of sarcoma – a specific type of uterine cancer. He was able to remove the tumors, but he adamantly advised that you have a hysterectomy in order to prevent new cancer cell growth. After many discussions with your husband and family, as well as a grief counselor, you decided that removing your uterus was the best decision. You’re now headed into your pre-op room where your doctor is going to discuss the procedure one more time.
The doctor tells you that it will be a non-invasive procedure, where he’ll use a device called a power morcellator to essentially break up your uterine tissue in order for it to be extracted. Although he made the procedure sound quick and straightforward, you can’t help but think that you’ve heard bad things about the power morcellator. Then you remembered that you saw a news article about the device and how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had recently put out warnings about it.
Your doctor assured you that it was safe, but now you’re not quite sure. What are the potential dangers of using this device for your hysterectomy?
Hysterectomy Risks When Using Power Morcellators
A power morcellator is a rotary blade surgical tool used in non-invasive surgeries, which essentially grinds large areas of tissue into smaller pieces. These tissue pieces are then vacuumed through small incisions, rather than needing dangerously deep and invasive lacerations to remove it in one piece. Although this device is useful for certain types of surgeries, the FDA issued a warning in April of 2014 advising against using the morcellator in uterine procedures. They publicly showed their concern with the device for its potential to increase the spread of cancerous cells.
Hysterectomies are most often performed to relieve the pain of uterine fibroids. Unfortunately, it is difficult to tell whether or not sarcoma—or other cancerous cells—are present along with the offensive fibroids. As a result, the use of a morcellator to remove your uterus has the potential to:
- Tear unseen cancerous cells
- Spread cancerous tissue deeper into your abdomen and pelvis
- Cause peritoneal damage
- Increase your likelihood of cancer-related mortality
Where to Turn When a Dangerous Device Causes You Pain and Suffering
Although Johnson & Johnson withdrew morcellator devices from the market, they have yet to be recalled. If you believe that you were a victim of a morcellator injury, you can fight back. Call us today for a free consultation and review of your case. If the known defect of the device has caused you harm, you’re entitled to medical damages. Call today to demand justice.
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