Several investigations and studies have shown that power morcellators, a surgical device used to cut muscle tissue, can spread cancer throughout a woman’s body. Most patients were unaware or not informed that the device had the potential to spread undiagnosed cancer.
If you or a loved was diagnosed with uterine cancer after a hysterectomy involving a morcellator, the class action attorneys at Lynch Law Firm, PC are here to help. We will provide you with a free consultation and review your claim to determine if you are entitled to file a power morcellator lawsuit against the manufacturer of this device.
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Power Morcellator’s Connection to Cancer
Evidence indicating that power morcellators caused undiagnosed cancer to spread has been mounting steadily over the years since it was first brought to the attention of Ethicon, a subdivision of Johnson & Johnson and manufacturer of power morcellators.
The specific morcellator device under investigation is called a laparoscopic power morcellator. The device is used in gynecological surgeries, such as hysterectomies, to cut up uterine tissue into small pieces for easy removal through a small incision. Complications arise when the tissue is cancerous and is spread to other areas of the body.
There have been several studies published that link women who after undergoing gynecological surgery with a morcellator have undiagnosed cancer spread throughout their body, mainly to the abdominal wall.
Columbia University Medical Center released a report in 2014 stating that one out of every 370 women who had a hysterectomy where a power morcellator was involved also had undiagnosed uterine cancer.
If you believe that your or a loved one’s cancer spread after a power morcellator was used in a previous surgery, contact our class action lawyers. We provide with you a free review of your claim and can determine if you are entitled to file a power morcellator lawsuit.
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FDA Safety Warnings
In 2014, the FDA discouraged the use of morcellators in hysterectomies in a safety communication that detailed the dangers involved in using laparoscopic power morcellators. The FDA then forced Johnson & Johnson, the largest manufacturer of power morcellators, to include a black box warning label detailing the risks of using the device.
The administration also tightened its regulation of power morcellators by recommending to doctors that women who know or suspect they have uterine cancer avoid using the device. The administration concluded that one in 350 women who are surgically treated for fibroids have an undiagnosed uterine cancer.
In response to the FDA’s safety communication, Johnson & Johnson discontinued the sale of power morcellators and issued a voluntary recall of the devices. Unfortunately, an estimated 60,000 procedures were conducted every year using the device before the recall.
If you believe that your cancer was spread by a power morcellator, contact our class action legal team to find out if you are entitled to file a power morcellator lawsuit.
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Federal Investigations into Power Morcellators
In 2014, the FBI began an investigation into the harmful effects of power morcellators and the level of knowledge its manufacturers had of these effects. The FBI has interviewed several people who have been outspoken in their belief that morcellators are linked to the spread of cancer after a gynecological surgery.
Federal investigators have spoken to a pathologist who in 2006, noticed that out of the 292 hysterectomies done at his hospital in the previous year, at least one annual malignancy was reported among the patients. He then alerted an official at Ethicon, stating that using a morcellator during an operation jeopardizes a patient’s life.
Investigators also interviewed a doctor who became a victim herself after undergoing a hysterectomy with a power morcellator in 2013. An undiagnosed tumor spread and caused her severe stage-4 cancer to spread in her body.
While the FBI conducts its investigation into the harms caused by power morcellators, those who have been harmed by this device can take action on their own. By speaking with one of our class action attorneys, you can find out if you are entitled to join a power morcellator lawsuit and seek the justice you deserve.
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Contact Our Power Morcellator Lawsuit Attorneys
The victims of power morcellators have filed a class action lawsuit against the corporations that released this product into the market. If you or someone you love went through a hysterectomy procedure that resulted in the spread of cancer because of a power morcellator, you may be entitled to legal action.
The experienced and dedicated attorneys at the Lynch Law Firm, PC will provide you with a free consultation to review your case and determine if you are entitled to file a power morcellator lawsuit and seek the justice you deserve.