FDA Warns of Cancer Risk Linked To Power Morcellators

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Power Morcellator Cancer Risk Higher Than Anticipated

A Power Morcellator is a medical device used during a laparoscopic hysterectomy, myomectomy or any procedure removing uterine fibroids. The FDA is warning physicians to refrain from using power morcellators until a definitive answer can be found as to the actual risk of promoting uterine cancer in patients. As of now, the FDA estimates that 1 in 350 women undergoing a laparoscopic hysterectomy or myomectomy will contract uterine cancer when fibroids are removed.

What Are Fibroids and Are They Cancerous?

Uterine fibroids are growths that form on the muscular tissue of the uterus, and they are non cancerous by nature. The FDA states that most women will develop uterine fibroids at sometime in their life that will cause no symptoms. However, in those reporting symptoms, there have been reports of prolonged or heavy menstrual bleeding, pain or frequent urination.

Why Are Power Morcellators Used?

A power morcellator allows the surgeon to perform a hysterectomy, myomectomy or fibroid extracting procedure by laparoscopic surgery rather than traditional surgical methods. Laparoscopic surgery provides benefits such as a reduced recovery time and greater protection from infection. However, the FDA has determined that the risks of using power morcellators far outweigh the benefits of laparoscopic surgery.

Injured By A Medical Device? We Can Help!

If you have developed any form of uterine cancer that may have been a result of hysterectomy, myomectomy, or fibroid removal treatments involving a power morcellator, you may have rights to compensation for your injuries, your medical bills, and your pain & suffering. Speak to a product liability attorney at our law firm today to discuss your legal rights to compensation, we offer a FREE Consultation to get started right away.

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