morcellator cancer

Congress Calls for Further Investigation Into Morcellator Cancer

by Staff | September 1st, 2015

The laparoscopic power morcellator is a medical device that is used to grind tissues so they can easily be removed from the body. The device was lauded as revolutionary when it was first released due to its ability to allow once complicated surgeries to be done faster and less invasively than traditional methods of performing the procedures; however, data tend to point to an increased risk in women developing deadly forms of cancer when the device is used.

Hundreds of cases of morcellator cancer have been reported over the years. The claims are supported by evidence that shows dormant cancerous cells can be released into the body when the device is used to grind tissue. These cells can then metastasize in other parts of the body. Studies have shown 1 in 350 women are at an increased risk of developing cancer as a result of undergoing a procedure utilizing the device.

While these findings have prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—the federal agency charged with regulating the safety of medical devices in our country—to issue warnings against the use of the device, congress is calling for a further investigation. The Wall Street Journal reports 12 members of Congress have called on the U.S. Government Accountability Office to look into the safety of the device and the decisions the FDA made in regards to use of the device.

Protecting the public from the dangers of potentially faulty medical devices should be a top priority in the U.S. and our defective product lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are hopeful a closer examination will be made by the federal government into the use of the power morcellator.

 

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.

Patients File Morcellator Cancer Lawsuit After Discovering Connection Between Disease and Dangerous Medical Device

by Staff | January 7th, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in charge of ensuring all medical products used in the United States are safe; however, the agency only has a handful of employees who oversee thousands of applications for product approvals. Needless to say, sometimes defective medical products can slip through the cracks of the system, leading to costly recalls and civil litigation if patients are seriously injured as a result of using faulty devices.

Power morcellators have come under heavy public scrutiny in recent months. Doctors use the devices during hysterectomy, myomectomy, and uterine fibroid removal procedures. The device has been lauded as a less invasive surgical technique, but new data has shown that using the device puts patients with undetected uterine sarcomas at an increased risk of metastasized cancers.

FDA reports show the device works by grinding tissue into small enough particles that they can be removed through a small incision in the patient’s body. If any undetected cancerous cells are present however, the morcellation process can distribute them throughout the patient’s body, effectively spreading a previously localized cancer. This allows the disease to spread and metastasize at a faster rate, which can be deadly.

Many patients who developed these deadly diseases have filed a morcellator cancer lawsuit against manufacturers of the devices and the doctors who used them. If you’ve developed cancer that could be linked to the use of a power morcellator, you may have a legal right to compensation as well.

At the law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we can help successfully guide you through the legal processes of filing a claim for your injuries while answering any and all questions that may arise. Call us today at (800) 477-7315 to receive a free consultation of your case.