Morcellator Lawsuits: Leiomyosarcoma Lawsuits
Commonly asked questions about Morcellator devices:
- What are Morcellator devices?
- What are complications of Morcellator
- Which companies manufacture Morcellator devices?
- FDA Issues Recommendations About Morcellator Devices
- TV Commercial about power Morcellator
- How can I file a Morcellator lawsuit?
- Our no-fee promise on Morcellator cases
- How do I start a Morcellator claim?
What Are Morcellator Devices?
Power Morcellators are electronic medical devices used in myomectomy and hysterectomy procedures. These devices use spinning blades to break up fibroid tissue, which can then be easily removed by the surgeon. Morcellation surgery is minimally invasive and often the preferred method for these types of procedures.
Unfortunately, morcellator use has been linked to severe complications. Recently, these devices have come under FDA scrutiny for spreading undetected dormant cancer cells located in the uterus to other organs and tissues in the body.
What Are Complications Of Morcellator?
Metastatic leiomyosarcoma is among one of the severe complications that is believed to be spread by these defective medical devices.
It is estimated that 600,000 hysterectomies are performed in the U.S. each year, 90% of which are for the treatment of benign tumors called fibroids. After surgery when the presumed fibroids are tested, about 1 in 350 prove to be cancerous.
If power morcellation is performed in women with unsuspected uterine sarcoma, there is a risk that the procedure will spread the cancerous tissue within the abdomen and pelvis, significantly worsening the patient’s long-term survival.
On April 29, 2014 Johnson & Johnson suspended sale of its morcellators pending further review. A number of hospitals have restricted the use of morcellators. On April 17, 2014 the FDA formally discouraged the use of morcellators for hysterectomy and myomectomy procedures.
Which Companies Manufacture Morcellator Devices?
The following medical device companies manufacture Morcellator devices:
- Gynecare Morcellex
- Gynecare X-Tract
- Morcellex Sigma
The GYNECARE MORCELLEX™ Tissue Morcellator is a single-patient-use device. The device is inserted into the patient with the use of the provided single-patient-use Obturator. The device allows tissue to be grasped with a standard grasping instrument extended through its central lumen.
The GYNECARE X-TRACT Tissue Morcellator provides a unique tissue stabilizing sheath so that surgeons can effectively remove tissue with few instrument passes and minimal hand fatigue. This tissue Morcellator quickly and effectively extracts large volumes of tissue, allowing surgeons to employ a minimally invasive approach that can help reduce operating time.
FDA Issues Recommendations About Morcellator Devices
Be aware of the following new contraindications recommended by the FDA:
- Laparoscopic power morcellators are contraindicated for removal of uterine tissue containing suspected fibroids in patients who are peri- or post-menopausal, or are candidates for en bloc tissue removal, for example through the vagina or mini-laparotomy incision. (These groups of women represent the majority of women with fibroids who undergo hysterectomy and myomectomy.)
- Laparoscopic power morcellators are contraindicated in gynecologic surgery in which the tissue to be morcellated is known or suspected to contain malignancy.
- Carefully consider all the available treatment options for women with uterine fibroids.
- Thoroughly discuss the benefits and risks of all treatments with patients.
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How Can I File A Morcellator Lawsuit?
Our dangerous device attorneys can help if you or someone you care about was harmed by morcellator surgery.
Lawsuits have been filed against the device maker by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused by the dangerous device. You may be entitled to a settlement.
Below is the criteria required to file a morcellator lawsuit against the device manufacturer:
- Must be female
- Underwent hysterectomy or surgery to remove fibroids where a morcellator was used
- Subsequently diagnosed with uterine sarcoma, a type of cancer, within weeks to months
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How Do I Start A Morcellator Claim?
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