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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently discouraged the use of power morcellators in certain surgical procedures. These medical devices have been linked to spreading cancerous tissue, and the resultant development of advanced and lethal cancers. If you have been diagnosed with cancer after receiving a minimally invasive hysterectomy or myomectomy using morcellation, you may be able to recover compensation for the harm and injury you have suffered.
To find out if you may have a claim related to an injury or the spread of cancer caused by a power morcellator, please call McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., for a free case evaluation at 888-353-5513.
FDA Warns of Morcellator Risks
In April 2014, the FDA issued a warning, stating that when laparoscopic power morcellators are used during a hysterectomy or myomectomy for women with uterine fibroids, the morcellator can cause the cancerous tissue to spread to other parts of the body. The FDA said the devices should not be used for hysterectomies or myomectomies, but has not forced their removal from the market.
Johnson & Johnson (J&J) is one of the largest makers of these devices, and, following the FDA warning, J&J has suspended worldwide sales of their laparoscopic power morcellators, namely the Gynecare Morcellex Tissue Morcellator, the Morcellex Sigma Tissue Morcellator System and the Gynecare X-Tract Tissue Morcellator. Like the FDA, they have not forced the removal of existing devices from the market. Some hospitals have stated they will stop using the devices immediately.
Your Morcellator Claim
Women who have received these minimally invasive procedures using morcellation are electing the procedures because they are supposed to involve less pain and a shorter recovery than traditional surgery. Unfortunately, the morcellator devices may be causing a great deal of harm. When the device slices and removes fibroids, it may be dispersing the cancerous tissue elsewhere in the abdomen, which is what is thought to be causing cancer after these procedures.
If this has happened to you or a loved one, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Invasive, expensive medical treatment
- Ongoing cancer treatments
- Death of a loved one
- Pain and suffering
Although the FDA has issued its warning since the number of adverse-event reports skyrocketed for these devices, the warning comes after many women have developed life-threatening cancer that may have been caused by morcellation. If you are one of these women, our attorneys have the experience necessary to aggressively represent your claim.
If you believe the development of your cancer began with surgery involving a morcellator, please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates for a free case evaluation. We are currently reviewing these claims in Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg, Lexington, Columbia, Newberry, and Aiken, South Carolina.