Are Power Morcellators Still Relevant in Surgery?
Posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 at 4:54 pm by Williams Hart | Updated: Thursday, March 7th, 2019 at 4:47 pm
Though the list of side effects in regards to the use of power morcellators tends to grow more and more frightening the longer you look at it, many people claim that the chances of such effects are incredibly low and the question about whether people should use morcellation during surgery lingers.
In the case of Amy Reed, a doctor and opponent to the use of the instrument, had personally undergone uterine fibroid removal three years ago. After her surgery, a rare cancer appeared in her uterine wall and she has since undergone four separate surgeries to remove the subsequent tumors.
Furthermore, the FDA has released a public warning against the use of power morcellators, claiming that they spread the same rare cancer that Reed has faced. The use of the tool has decreased from 13.5% of surgeries calling for them to 2.8%. The number of complications in hysterectomy surgeries has since remained about the same, but the spread of cancer has decreased.
Johnson & Johnson, the largest distributor of the tool, did issue a recall fo their devices, but since it was voluntary, the residual effects have not totally bumped the tool from use. There are several active lawsuits that directly address the morcellator misuse, proving that most people understand that the danger is real.
If you developed previously undetected cancer in the uterine wall following morcellator use, or some other side effect in direct conjunction with the tool, contact one of our attorneys of Williams Hart today. Call us at (713) 352-7071 to learn more information.