Power Morcellators and Cancer
Did you or someone you know develop cancer after having a hysterectomy or fibroid removal procedure? If so, you need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. The law limits the time you have to make a claim, so call the law offices of Roberts and Roberts today at 800-248-6000 for a free consultation and case review.
There has been a recent surge in legal actions stemming from the use of power morcellators in gynecological surgeries. The FDA has made several warnings that these surgical instruments are capable of spreading cancer cells throughout the abdominal cavities of female patients. Several models have even been recalled in recent years.
Power morcellators are designed to remove noncancerous growths from the uterus. Doctors insert the devices through small incisions and use them to cut, shred, and eventually remove pieces of tissue.
Some women whose doctors utilized power morcellators during surgery later discovered that they had cancer. In some cases, the cancer was already in late stage and very aggressive by the time it was diagnosed. These women and their families began seeking legal remedy by filing lawsuits against manufacturers of the devices, particularly Johnson and Johnson.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, doctors routinely use power morcellators in thousands of procedures every year, and 1 in 350 women could be at risk of developing cancer due to the spread of previously undiagnosed cancer during surgery.
In some cases, even men can be affected via procedures involving the kidneys or spleen. Morcellators also spread bits of benign tissue throughout the abdomen, where they can attach and grow on other organs, causing infection, bowel obstruction, and serious pain.
The FDA has issued repeated warnings, stating that power morcellators are not safe for most women undergoing hysterectomies or fibroid removals. Many insurance companies decline to pay for morcellation procedures, citing safer options. Even some hospitals have banned the devices due to their less than spotless reputations.
Companies that manufacture power morcellators have a duty to people like you to ensure that before you elect for surgery you are aware of the risks associated with using their products. Oftentimes, these companies neglect to adequately inform patients of the risks until it is too late.
If you believe that you developed cancer due to the use of a power morcellator during surgery, you need to seek the help of a knowledgeable product liability attorney who has experience going head-to-head with Big Pharma over its often ethically questionable practices.
Even if you only suspect that you have a case, you owe it to yourself to contact us. At Roberts and Roberts, our team of hard-working, knowledgeable product liability attorneys is here to help you collect money for your injury and illness. Call us anytime at 800-248-6000, and we will look at your case free of charge.