SILVER SPRING, Md. — Even after protests and voluntary banning by various hospital systems, the FDA refuses to issue a ban on power morcellators, even though are believed to spread cancer after minimally invasive surgery. Numerous morecellator lawsuits have been file against the medical device manufacturer.
Power morcellators have been used by surgeons since 1993 during minimally-invasive uterine surgeries to remove tissue through a small cut in the patient’s abdomen. Typically, the tool is used in laparoscopic hysterectomies and fibroid removals to shred and then quickly remove cancerous or fibrous tissue through the small cut. A cylindrical blade shaves off tissue by rotating through the targeted area.
The goal is to get large masses, such as fibroids, out of a very small cut in the abdomen, thus limiting the need for invasive surgery. Unfortunately, uterine sarcomas and other uterine cancers may be spread in the process. These cancers are extremely difficult to detect prior to surgery and are often hidden in the tissue that is being shred. Shredding and spraying of the cancerous cells while using the power morcellator significantly increases the chances of the cancer spreading (upstaging) outside the uterus, thus reducing a patient’s survival rate.
On April 17, 2014, the FDA issued an alert discouraging the use of power morcellators because there was a 1 in 350 chance of the risk of spreading cancer in women. The warning called for doctors to limit the use of the tool, especially in cases with women who have a higher risk of uterine sarcomas.
Multiple hospitals around the country have labeled the tool too dangerous to be used or have banned it outright because of how tricky it is to diagnose uterine cancers prior to surgery. In July an FDA panel of advisors met again to address the issue of power morcellators. The agency discussed possible solutions, including the use of surgical bags during the procedure and signed informed consent by the patient, but an outright ban did not appear to be considered a viable option. Johnson and Johnson subsequently recalled three of its power morcellators from the market.
Patients suffering from complications resulting from minimally invasive uterine morcellation surgery do have legal rights and may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the power morcellator. The most common manufacturers include Richard Wolf, Nouvag, Lumenis, and Johnson & Johnson. Lawsuits have been filed alleging that these companies failed to properly warn patients of the dangers associated with uterine morcellation surgery and seeking to have them pay compensation to women who suffer complications from morcellators.
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