Power morcellators have been in the news lately for increasing the risk of dangerous cancers spreading throughout the body. However, the dangerous medical device also causes other dangerous non-cancerous complications that are not receiving enough attention.
The Obstetrics & Gynecology Journal will be publishing a report in its newest issue that studies three cases involving non-cancerous complications suffered by women after undergoing a power morcellator procedure. While the risk of spreading aggressive cancer is high and a very dangerous complication, there are other noncancerous conditions that are worsened by the use of the power morcellator.
Specifics of the Morcellator Study
The study presented three cases in which multiple organs needed to be partially removed after the women had a hysterectomy performed via morcellation. One case study involved a patient who developed multiple tumors in several neighboring organs and the other woman suffered from bowel obstruction and abdominal adhesions. All of these conditions required additional surgery (laparotomy and multi-organ resection) to repair them and were exacerbated by the morcellator spreading benign cells outside of the uterus.
The Problems with Power Morcellators
Power morcellators are a popular surgical device used to remove uterine fibroids and perform hysterectomies. The device is essentially a rotating set of blades that shreds the tissue and sucks it up like a vacuum through a small incision in the abdomen. The device made the previously risky procedure of fully or partially removing a woman’s uterus much less invasive. However, it has now been found the device greatly increases the risk of cancer and other diseases.
While uterine fibroids are typically harmless growths that can be found in many women, they are indistinguishable in advance from cancerous cells or other benign tumors. As a result, the malignant or benign cells are spread upon shredding to other parts of the body. This results in very dangerous conditions, such as tumors or uterine sarcomas like metastatic leiomyosarcoma, which aggressively take over other organs in the body.
With the advent of reports indicating that 1 in 350 women who undergo the morcellation procedure then suffer cancer, and now this report revealing the dangers of other non-cancerous conditions, power morcellator lawsuits for injury and wrongful death are on the rapid increase. The FDA even issued a black box warning label discouraging the use of the device in the majority of women for myomectomy or hysterectomy for treatment of fibroids.
If you or a loved one has received fibroid-related treatment, myomectomy, or a hysterectomy that involved the use of power morcellators, there is a chance you are in danger of more serious health complications or the risk of cancer and tumors being spread beyond the uterus.
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