Three things you should know about morcellation
Posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 at 4:36 pm by Williams Hart | Updated: Thursday, March 7th, 2019 at 4:49 pm
A power morcellator is an electronic surgical device that has been used by doctors to minimize how invasive several abdominal procedures can be. However, in 2014, the usage of the device was put under criticism following the announcement of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) against the device, citing evidence that morcellators could spread cancer cells throughout a patient’s body. Here are some things you need to know about the device:
- Morcellators had been introduced to the public 20 years ago – The US Government Accountability Office (GOA) is investigating the case to determine why FDA cleared morcellators for use despite its potential risks.
- Risks of using morcellators are often overlooked – A recent study in South Korea shows that morcellating tumors is more dangerous than removing them with more invasive measures, as this is more likely to spread cancer.
- Warning led to changes in surgeries – After the morcellator issue had been spilled into the public sphere, US gynecologists changed the way they perform hysterectomies, preferring other options with fewer complications.
If you have developed cancer following a procedure involving a power morcellator, we might be able to help you. Contact our lawyers from Williams Hart at (713) 352-7071.