Power Morcellators are instruments that are used during surgeries. The Morcellator is a small tool with a rotating blade that can break tissues down which can then be vacuumed away. The Morcellator gives the surgeon the ability to remove tissues and benign masses such as fibroids by making incisions of less than 2 centimeters in length. A smaller incision allows for less down time for the patient after surgery and less post op pain.
Power morcellators are typically used to perform hysterectomies, laparoscopic renal and spleen surgeries. It is estimated that out of the 600,000 hysterectomies performed in the US per year, approximately 12% of these procedures involved the use of a power morcellator.
“Recent medical evidence shows the removal of broken up fibroids and tissues may not be 100 percent effective. If any of those tissues contain cancer cells and do not get removed, they get spread to other areas, leading to the development of cancerous tumors.” http://www.drugwatch.com/morcellators/ . Some patients who underwent a surgical procedure where a power morcellator was used are finding that they are having severe complications.
In April 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a News Release with warnings against using morcellators for hysterectomies or surgery to remove uterine fibroids (myomectomy).
Women have already filed lawsuits against morcellator manufactures. These women/plaintiffs developed cancer after a morcellator was used. Currently, these cases are not a morcellator class action lawsuit. Instead, individual lawsuits are filed by each women/plaintiff. At some point, morcellator lawsuits may be centralized into a Multi-District-Litigation (MDL) where cases are consolidated for efficiency.
By filing a lawsuit with the help of the Coppola Law Group, you may be able to hold the manufacturer(s) of power morcellators accountable for your current and/or future condition(s). If you underwent surgery in which a power morcellator product was used, you may be entitled to compensation, including medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
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