The Risks of Power Morcellators
Posted on Sunday, January 10th, 2016 at 1:16 pm by Williams Hart | Updated: Thursday, March 7th, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Approximately 1 out of 350 women estimated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is at risk for the metastasizing of a rare type of cancer called leiomyosarcoma during fibroid removal surgeries that use the medical device known as a power morcellator.
Not only do power morcellators result in leiomyosarcoma, but the spread of a benign tumor, leiomyoma, is also likely in laparoscopic hysterectomy procedures. Leiomyoma may not be cancerous, but when the morcellators scatter the cells during the procedure, they may develop into fibroid tissues around the abdomen and may eventually cause widespread pain.
Drug Dangers also listed the following as the other possible side effects of morcellators:
- Soreness, bruising
- Abscess, infection
- Bleeding, oozing, and pain on the incision
- Damage to surrounding organs
- Abdominal and pelvic pain
- Reoccurrence of fibroid
The FDA recently shocked medical communities when it released a warning about the use of power morcellators in surgeries due to the dangerous effects. Lawsuits began throughout the country alleging the device inflicted severe pain and even cause the deaths of some patients. If you have suffered as a result of a power morcellator, please contact our lawyers at Williams Hart to find out how we may be able to help you. Call our office now at (713) 352-7071.