Morcellators have been widely used by surgeons as a minimally invasive
method of performing laparoscopic and myomectomy procedures. Women who
suffer from painful uterine fibroids often undergo one of these procedures
to remove them. Morcellators are designed to shred these fibroids, leaving
only a small scar and requiring in a shorter recovery period than other
traditional surgical methods. The problem, however, is that pieces of
shredded tissue may be left behind in the uterus. If any of the tissue
is cancerous, it may have a chance to spread to other areas of the body,
worsening the condition and the patient’s long-term prognosis.
So far, it has been determined that
one in every 350 women have developed unsuspected cancer in the pelvic
and abdominal areas after undergoing a procedure where a morcellator was used. The Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) has responded by issuing a black box warning
for these devices in 2014, saying, “The FDA discourages the use
of laparoscopic power morcellation during hysterectomy or myomectomy for
Although Johnson & Johnson, one of the nation’s leading manufacturers
of morcellators, has pulled their product from the market, there are still
manufacturers who continue to sell them, and many doctors continue to
use them despite the warning. The Houston personal injury attorneys at
Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs advise women who are in need of
uterine fibroid removal surgery to talk to their doctors to determine
whether they plan on using a morcellator in the procedure.
If you have already had the procedure and have developed cancer as a result,
we urge you not to delay in getting in touch with an attorney from our
firm. You could be entitled to significant financial compensation for
your medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. You have
the right to hold the manufacturer of the product, and possibly your doctor,
responsible for making and using a product that is known to be dangerous.
For more information on your rights and legal options, as well as to find
out what your case might potentially be worth,
please call us today at (713) 489-6566 for an
initial case evaluation.