The FDA Has issued warnings about the danger of Power Morcellators, saying they are not safe for the majority of women undergoing fibroid removals or hysterectomies due to the risk of spreading undiagnosed cancer.
Power Morcellators are surgical devices used to remove noncancerous growths, such as fibroids, from the uterus as well as in performing hysterectomies and certain spleen surgeries.
By inserting the device through a small incision, it removes targeted tissue from inside the body by first cutting and shredding it. While most of the tissue is removed, there are particles from the shredding that can still float around the abdomen, including undiagnosed cancerous tissue.
Power Morcellators have been found to put women at increased risk of deadly uterine cancers, including a rare and aggressive type known as Leiomyosarcoma by shredding on malignant tissue and spreading those cancer cells through the abdomen and start growing.
Even insurance carriers have refused to cover procedures using these devices because there are safer options available while many hospitals have banned them outright.
But, despite these actions and warnings, 1 in 350 women may be at risk for developing cancerous growths from cells that have been spread throughout the abdomen from the use of these devices in surgery.
Other side effects, though not cancer, can be equally as painful. Morcellators can also spread benign tissue throughout the abdomen that can latch on to other organs and start growing. These sorts of growths can cause pain, infection and bowel obstructions.
If you or a loved one has developed cancer after receiving treatment using a Power Morcellator, you may be entitled to compensation. Call today for a free consultation at 800-529-3476