Power Morcellators Demystified
Posted on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at 4:03 pm by Williams Hart | Updated: Thursday, March 7th, 2019 at 4:47 pm
Power morcellators have been the subject of many discussions, both medical and scientific, for several years. However, many people are unsure what exactly morcellators are, how they work, and why they could be dangerous.
Q: What is the basic use of a power morcellator?
A: Power morcellators are small enough to be held and are comprised of a long, hollow cylinder and sharp edges. These sharp jaws are used to remove uterine fibroids and the cylinder suctions out the tissue.
Q: What exactly are Uterine Fibroids?
A: Uterine fibroids are an often noncancerous growth on the muscle tissue of a uterus, sometimes known to host undetected cancerous cells.
Q: What are the two types of fibroid removal?
A: Someone receiving a myomectomy will have the fibroids removed one at a time, while someone receiving a hysterectomy is having all or part of their uterus removed.
Q: What is the potential danger associated with Morcellators nowadays?
A: If the person having fibroid removal via morcellator has undetected cancer, the morcellator will spread the cancer cells around the abdomen, promoting the growth of further cancerous cells.
In surgeries to remove fibroids before the invention of morcellators, doctors would’ve had to make an incision that ranged from three to seven inches and required longer recovery time. In these cases, the fibroids or uterus were removed intact and the spread of cancer was significantly lowered because the fibroids weren’t opened.
Despite the fact that morcellators have been in recall for the past two years, many people still use them. If you’ve experienced new or aggravated forms of uterine cancer following a myomectomy or hysterectomy with a morcellator, you may have a legal option in receiving compensation. Contact an attorney with Williams Hart at (713) 352-7071 for more information.