If you have been diagnosed with cancer after undergoing fibroid removal by means of a laparoscopic power morcellation procedure, we urge you to contact a North Carolina defective product attorney.
Whitley Law Firm is currently investigating claims where women have been diagnosed with cancer after receiving a laparoscopic power morcellation procedure for removing uterine fibroids.
Power morcellators are surgical instruments routinely used in gynecological surgeries such as hysterectomies and myomectomies to remove uterine fibroids.
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop inside, or just outside of a woman’s uterus. As the cells get larger, they grow into a benign tumor. Symptoms of uterine fibroids include prolonged menstrual periods, heavy bleeding, and pain etc.
Since some experts believe that uterine fibroids can interfere with fertility and pregnancy, some women choose to undergo surgery to have them removed.
FDA: Power Morcellation May Spread Cancerous Tissue
On April 17, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a serious warning, claiming that power morcellators may spread cancerous tissue in the abdominal and pelvic cavities, thereby significantly reducing a patient’s likelihood of long-term survival.
Laparoscopic power morcellation divides tissue into small fragments so it can be easily suctioned through small incision sites.
When power morcellation is used during a hysterectomy or myomectomy to remove uterine fibroids, the procedure increases the risk of spreading unsuspected cancerous tissues, specifically uterine sarcoma beyond the uterus and throughout the abdomen and pelvis.
In April of 2014, the FDA issued a firm statement discouraging the use of power morcellation in hysterectomies or myomectomies for the removal of uterine fibroids.
If you, or someone you love has suffered serious side effects after undergoing laparoscopic power morcellation, or if you have been diagnosed with cancer after having your fibroids removed, you should contact Whitley Law Firm to discuss the details of your case with a member of our legal team.