Scientists, doctors, and medical professionals are always looking for new and better ways to perform medical procedures. But sometimes advancements that are made in the field of medicine end up doing patients more harm than good.
The power morcellator is a prime example of an advancement in technology that eventually ends up being a defective medical device.
Before the device was on the market, women undergoing hysterectomies, myomectomies, and fibriod removal surgeries had to have large incisions made in their bodies in order to remove organs and tissues. With the power morcellator though, doctors were able to grind those organs and tissues to a size where they could be removed through a small incision in the abdomen, reducing both bleeding and recovery time.
The problem is, when the device is used to grind tissue, it can release dormant cancerous cells into the body where they can then spread and metastasize.
The discovery of the health risk has prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to advise doctors and medical professionals to consider finding an alternative to using a power morcellator on a patient. An article from The Wall Street Journal says some of the nation’s largest insurers are also encouraging medical professionals to find alternative methods to performing certain medical procedures.
If you’ve been harmed as the result of undergoing a medical procedure utilizing a power morcellator, the Indiana personal injury lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that you may be entitled to compensation. The process of applying for such an award can be quite complex though, so it may be wise to have legal representation by your side. Give us a call at (800) 477-7315 to discuss your rights with our legal staff.
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