Recently, the FDA, along with many other agencies, have begun warning women about the significant risks associated with the use of a power morcellator for hysterectomies and fibroid removal. Unfortunately, recent reports, in conjunction with the FDA, have shown that power morcellation can cause serious and life threatening complications, including the spread of uterine sarcomas. Sadly, it was not until a 41 year old doctor from Boston developed uterine cancer following the use of power morcellation, that this tremendous danger came to light.
Medical records of 1,000 women who received morcellation for fibroids at a hospital in Boston found a nine fold higher rate of unexpected sarcoma in patients that underwent the procedure. These studies, along with other studies, have become the basis for power morcellation lawsuits. Our power morcellation attorneys have reviewed these studies, and believe that they give grounds for a power morcellation lawsuit.
Unfortunately, even when uterine cancer is not spread, benign uterine tissue, when it is spread to other parts of the abdomen during morcellation, can grow in places it does not belong and cause pain, infection, or bowel obstruction. The biggest basis for power morcellation lawsuits is that the maker of the power morcellation machines, Johnson & Johnson, has not provided with its machine a safer way to perform the procedure. Other medical professionals have determined that the procedure can be made safer by encasing the tissue to be removed in a bag before it is broken up. The other, more obvious, solution, is to not perform the power morcellation procedure at all. In fact, there are other common non-surgical solutions other than power morcellation. These include the use of drugs that can shrink the fibroids, along with a low dose oral contraceptive. Obviously, these options are far preferable to the use of power morcellation and its undisclosed risk by the maker, Johnson & Johnson, about the spread of uterine cancer. In such situations, the power morcellation attorneys at NGK Law are discussing with women that have suffered from uterine cancer following a power morcellation procedure.
Contact the power morcellation attorneys at NGK Law today at (314) 387-9181 to see if you qualify for a power morcellation lawsuit.