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In many hysterectomy procedures, doctors and hospital staff use a tool known as a power morcellator. Used to grind up tissue to be removed through tiny incisions, it is meant to create a safe and clean process with minimal chance of harm to the patient.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, has found links between use of the device and a spread of terminal cancerous tissue, significantly reducing a patient’s likelihood of long-term survival.

Surgeons might have used power morcellation on you or a loved one to remove uterine fibroids in order to relieve pain, heavy bleeding, and other symptoms. If you have developed cancer after gynecological surgery, we urge you to contact a Raleigh power morcellator lawyer from Whitley Law Firm. We have experience handling cases against manufacturers of defective medical devices.

FDA Issues Serious Power Morcellators Warnings

When morcellation is used for a hysterectomy or myomectomy in women with uterine fibroids, the procedure poses a risk of spreading unsuspected cancerous tissue, namely uterine sarcoma, beyond the uterus.

In April of 2014, the FDA made a statement that it discourages the use of power morcellation during hysterectomy or myomectomy for uterine fibroids. To read the FDA’s Safety Communication regarding Power Morcellators click here.

The FDA warned that if power morcellation is performed on women for the treatment of uterine fibroids with unsuspected uterine sarcoma, the procedure could spread cancerous tissue within the patient’s abdominal and pelvic cavities, thereby significantly “worsening the patient’s likelihood of long-term survival.”

FBI Also Investigating Power Morcellators

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is also getting involved. Reports of the spread of malignant cancers in patients who have been operated on with a power morcellator continue to occur. Some gynecologists and their assistants claim they did not, and likely will not, receive any dramatic change in their training that would include notification about the dangers of the device.

If doctors, hospitals, and manufacturers broke any laws by failing to report problems related to the device, the FBI is intent on uncovering it and punishing them.

Contact a Raleigh Power Morcellator Attorney

The Whitley Law Firm is currently investigating claims where women have been diagnosed with cancer after undergoing fibroid removal. If you have suffered serious side effects or if you have been diagnosed with uterine cancer after a laparoscopic power morcellation procedure, you could benefit from speaking to one of our Raleigh power morcellator lawyers regarding these defective medical devices.