A woman who has been diagnosed with uterine cancer is often required to undergo a surgical procedure, depending on how advanced the cancer is and how feasible it is to prevent cancer from spreading to other parts of the body.
A gynecologic surgeon may perform a hysterectomy to remove the cervix and the uterus of the patient if the tumor found is likely to spread to other parts of the body. In a “radical hysterectomy,” the surgeon may also need to remove some parts of the vagina. Vaginal parts like the ovaries and fallopian tubes may also be removed if the patient is menopausal. In some instances, a surgeon may want to find out whether the cancer spread to the patient’s lymph nodes by performing a “sentinel lymph node biopsy.” The procedures are then followed by strategic therapy sessions to fully suppress cancer cells.
Unfortunately, uterine cancer treatment is often expensive, leaving patients and their families struggling with great financial loss. However, if your cancer has spread as the result of a morcellation surgery, the legal team at Williams Hart may be able to work for you. Find out how we may help you get the compensation you deserve by calling (713) 352-7071.
A power morcellator is an electric device used for surgery, such as laparoscopic hysterectomy or a myomectomy, and its function is to break down large pieces of tissue into smaller fragments. The cut-up tissue is then removed from the body through a small incision. The device resembles a tube with blades used to shred targeted tissue.
Unfortunately, there are some extremely serious side effects that an individual may experience after a procedure done with a morcellator:
- Obstruction of bowel
- Significant bruising in the area
- Reoccurrence of fibroids (or the spread of fibroids to different body parts)
- Damage to the organs
- Excruciating pain on the site of the incision
- Pain on the abdomen and the pelvis
- Soreness of the muscle
A warning by the FDA shocked medical communities after they stated that power morcellators have a tendency to break apart and spread undetected cancer in women. If you have suffered from the aggressive growth of cancer after undergoing a medical procedure that made use of a power morcellator, please speak with our lawyers at Williams Hart. Call us today at (713) 352-7071 to learn more about your rights.
FoxCarolina.com reported on November 24 that yet another power morcellator lawsuit was filed against a known manufacturer of the device over the metastasizing of a New York woman’s cancer. The lawsuit stated that the device was used in the plaintiff’s laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy and bilateral salpingectomy procedure for uterine fibroid treatment.
This specific lawsuit states that the woman was tested for cancer before her procedure and the results came back negative. However, she was diagnosed with advanced leiomyosarcoma after her surgery.
The 43-year-old plaintiff, aware that her cancer was fatal, recorded testimony before passing away. She succumbed to her illness last September 2015. The lawsuit is now being handled by the plaintiff’s family.
The Legal Examiner reported on November 20 that a man from North Carolina, Jerry Woodell, filed a wrongful death and product liability case against a power morcellator manufacturer after his wife died following a hysterectomy.
Woodell’s wife had a laparoscopic hysterectomy with a power morcellator to remore uterine fibroids in March of 2012. The lawsuit, filed recently, cited that Woodell’s wife was in and out of the hospital after the surgery, often complaining of migraines and fatigue. She was then diagnosed with large masses in her pelvis that turned out to be a high-grade leiomyosarcoma. Woodell’s wife spent the next year and a half undergoing different surgeries and extensive chemotherapy, but the tumor only increased in size and spread over her body. She passed away last September 9.
In his lawsuit, Woodell claims that the morcellator manufacturer should have been aware of the possible dangers involved in the use of morcellators in surgeries.
On September 4, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced the launch of an investigation regarding the widespread use of power morcellators and their reputation of spreading cancerous tissues to the inner lining of the uterus. The investigation was granted after Congress members requested to investigate the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of these devices.
The power morcellator is a medical device used in minimally invasive surgeries that breaks tissue masses into fragments. Last November, the FDA announced the health risks posed by the use of these devices, recommending that the devices should come with a warning about the possible spread of undetected uterine cancer.
If you believe that the use of this device has, in any way, negatively impacted your health, we have a team of power morcellator lawyers at Williams Hart who might be able to help you take legal action against the device’s manufacturer. Call us today at (800) 220-9341 to learn more.
According to the MD Anderson Cancer Center, research has shown that a large waistline could also make you more prone to certain types of cancer.
Authors of the research, which tried to draw the link between cancer risk and body fat, revealed that a 5 kilogram per square meter increase in the body mass index (BMI) accounted for a 50% increase in esophageal and uterine cancer risks. The same holds true for kidney and colorectal cancers, where the study found an increase by roughly 30% and up to 10% to 15%, respectively.
Apart from unhealthy levels of body fat, defective medical devices in the market have also been associated with cancer risk. Power morcellators, for instance, have been linked to the spread of cancer cells in the uterus during removal of benign uterine fibroids. If you believe your uterine cancer has been a result of using power morcellator during a uterine procedure, a lawyer at Williams Hart can help you explore the possibilities of seeking justice and financial compensation. Call us at (800) 220-9341 to discuss the particulars of your case with a qualified attorney.
Found along the inside lining of the uterus, the endometrium plays a very important role in the female reproductive process. Before menstruation, the endometrium tissues thicken to accommodate human embryos in case of pregnancy. During menstruation, these tissues shed off through the cervix and out of the body. When pieces of endometrial tissue detach from the inside lining of the uterus and grow outside it, endometriosis occurs.
Endometriosis is characterized by symptoms such as painful sexual intercourse, dysmenorrhea, painful urination, excessive bleeding, painful bowel movements, and infertility. Unfortunately, women who have undergone a uterine procedure using a power morcellator are at higher risk of suffering from this painful disease. Scientists have found that endometrial tissue broken down by a power morcellator may lodge outside of the uterus and cause endometriosis.
If you have developed endometriosis or any other health conditions after undergoing a surgical procedure involving a power morcellator, do not hesitate to take legal action. Our team of power morcellator attorneys at Williams Hart want to help you take legal action against the responsible manufacturer. For a free case assessment, call us at (713) 352-7071 today.