Are Power Morcellators Dangerous?

Recently, NorthJersey.com had a frightening story about power morcellators, which are devices used during surgeries to cut through tissue in a minimally invasive way, and how they have been linked to cancer. Photo of gavel

One victim, the mother of a toddler, is battling for her life in a New York hospital due to an aggressive form of cancer that she believes spread after a power morcellator was used during her hysterectomy.

The woman, 43, has filed a federal lawsuit in Newark, contending that the device should not have been used in her procedure. She says that before the operation took place, the government discouraged the use of power morcellators due to the risk of spreading undetected cancer cells in patients.

“My sister’s prognosis is poor, and I do not know how much longer she can continue fighting this cancer that is attacking her body so fiercely,” a family member of the woman recently told the court. The woman has been diagnosed with Stage 4 leiomyosarcoma.

She is suing Karl Storz Endoscopy-America Inc., the maker of the device, her doctors and the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, where the operation was performed. Her attorneys say she may not live long enough to attend her trial.

The lawsuit is the third filed in the U.S. District Court for New Jersey involving power morcellators and cancer. Additionally, more than two dozen lawsuits have been filed across the country with similar claims. Because of this, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is considering some for consolidation, according to NorthJersey.com

The website reported that about 600,000 hysterectomies are performed a year and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved power morcellators in 1991.

Over the last few years, the agency revised its assessment of cancer risks associated with the devices, saying, “One in every 350 women who undergoes a hysterectomy for fibroids has a cancer that may not have been detected but could be spread by morcellation.”

You Should Not Have to Suffer Because of a Defective Medical Device

It is unfortunate that women across U.S. are battling aggressive forms of cancer due to the use of power morcellators. If you have been affected by the use of this device, contact our Middlesex County injury attorneys. We can investigate your case and determine if you can file a lawsuit, or potentially become involved in multidistrict litigation.

Manufacturers have a duty to make sure medical devices are safe before they are sold to hospitals and doctors, and healthcare providers have a duty to make sure that they pay attention to any announcements regarding the medical devices they use. Those who do not can be held liable.

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