- hysterectomy (removal of the uterus etc.); and/or
- mymectomy (removal of symptom causing fibroids and the reconstruction of the uterus) and the development of uterine cancer.
- Another term used in uterine surgery in which a power morcellator may be used is uterine morcellation.
The FDA issued an alert on April 17, 2014, about a potential connection between – Laparoscopy, Power Morcellator, Uterine Cancer. In the FDA safety communication, the FDA warns of the following:
- Discouraged the use of laparoscopic power morcellation for the removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) or uterine fibroids (myomectomy) in women
- Based on an analysis of currently available data, it poses a risk of spreading unsuspected cancerous tissue, notably uterine sarcomas, beyond the uterus.
Laparoscopic power morcellation is one of several available treatments for fibroids. It is a procedure that uses a medical device to divide the uterine tissue into smaller pieces or fragments so it can be removed through a small incision in the abdomen, such as during laparoscopy
To read the alert, please follow this link: FDA ALERT
UTERINE SURGERY — LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY — POWER MORCELLATOR — UTERINE CANCER
If a power morcellator has been used during a laparoscopic (laparoscopy) uterine surgery and there are cancerous cells already present, the power morcellator may exacerbate or help spread the cancerous cells, growth or tissue. This unfettered spreading of the cancerous cells may lead to the development of cancer, particularly leiomyosarcoma or uterine cancer (e.g., , Uterine leiomyosarcoma & sarcoma…). Some types of uterine sarcoma, include:
- endometrial cancer or sarcoma; and
- leiomyosarcoma (LMS CANCER) – a cancer of smooth muscle cells particularly in the uterus, abdomen or pelvis
For more on power morcellator and the potential link to uterine cancer, follow this link: Morcellator.
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If you have undergone uterine surgery and developed uterine cancer (leiomyosarcoma (LMS), uterine sarcoma,…), and believe that the power morcellator was used during the laparoscopy (laparoscopic) surgical procedure, let our power morcellator lawyers investigate your claim to determine if you can file a power morcellator lawsuit. To talk to a power morcellator lawyer about a power morcellator lawsuit, please contact our office at 1.844.329.5955.
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