Power morcellators are surgical devices that have rotating blades. The devices are used for grinding uterine fibroids into tiny fragments, which can then be suctioned out of a small incision in the abdomen. Although these devices can be a wonderful way to avoid a more invasive surgery, the devices have been found to potentially be dangerous to many women.
The FDA has warned that power morcellators have the potential to spread undetected cancer. Typically, after a surgery involving a morcellator, tiny fragments of tissue are left behind. If a patient has an undetected cancer contained in the fibroids, and tissue fragments containing cancer cells are spread throughout the body during the morcellation procedure, a woman has a much greater risk of experiencing uterine cancer.
Morcellators have been on the market since the late 1990s. In 2014, the FDA announced the formation of an advisory panel to investigate the correlation between power morcellators and the spread of uterine cancer. The FDA is discouraging morcellation as a procedure to be used to remove fibroids or to perform hysterectomies.
Many women who have been diagnosed with specific cancers, including uterine cancer, following a power morcellation procedure, are choosing to sue the device manufacturers and/or their doctors. If you believe that your cancer was caused by a power morcellator, you may have a cause of action as well.
Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707 if you or a loved one has been affected by cancer after a morcellation procedure. We can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation. You can also visit our Facebook page.