Studies Highlight Severity of Morcellator Cancer Risks

by Staff | March 18th, 2015

Just a few years ago, a new medical device—the power morcellator— was considered groundbreaking because of its ability to allow doctors to remove organs and tissues from a patient’s body in a minimally invasive manner. Now, evidence shows operating with the device may put patients at a significantly increased chance of developing cancer.

The morcellator cancer risk is caused by how the equipment functions. The device simply grinds tissue and organs to a size where it can be removed through a small incision in the abdomen. Unfortunately, the grinding of tissue can release dormant cancer cells into the body where they can then metastasize.

The Wall Street Journal reports studies show 1 in 368 women had undetected uterine sarcoma cells in their body that could be spread through the use of a power morcellator. Researchers also explain the risks of developing cancer after undergoing a medical procedure utilizing the power morcellator significantly increased with age as well.

Findings like these have prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to advise doctors not to use power morcellators during certain medical procedures. Unfortunately, these defective medical devices have already harmed a large number of patients here in the United States.

The Terre Haute personal injury lawyers with the law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin want anyone who has developed cancer, or is at risk of developing cancer, because of a procedure involving a power morcellator to know that help is here. We are available to speak with you anytime regarding your condition and case by calling (800) 477-7315.

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