Medical Device May Spread Cancer
During your fibroid surgery or hysterectomy your doctor may have inadvertently spread a hidden cancer throughout your body. Many women have hidden cancers in the uterus which cannot be determined until after surgery.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) points out that a popular medical tool used in laparoscopic surgeries, the power morcellator, has spinning blades that cut out tissue. When these devices are used they can accidentally stir up tumor cells, and your cancer can move into other organs, a process known as "upstaging."
Although the FDA discourages doctors from using power morcellators and asks them to warn patients of this possibility, the device has not been recalled.
Many patients suffer from this problem because minimally invasive procedures, many of which use power morcellators, are thought to provide shorter hospital stays, lower infection rates, and quicker procedures. This is due to the smaller incisions and shorter anticipated recovery times than other types of surgeries may require.
And since it is difficult to diagnose certain types of gynecological cancers before surgery, the doctors are unaware that they are spraying dangerous tissue throughout your body's abdominal cavity.
This speeds up the progression of your illness. The more the cancer is spread the more virulent it becomes, and the more likely you are to die sooner.
Power morcellators are also used for renal and spleen surgeries, and you can end up with tumors growing on other organs in these situations also.
Do Power Morcellators Spread Anything Besides Cancer?
Unfortunately, yes. In some cases, power morcellators can also spread uterine and fibroid tissue to other abdominal organs. This can cause infections or bowel obstruction. You may need additional surgery to remove these growths.
Weitz & Luxenberg — More than Legal Support
The lawyers at our firm are sensitive to the tragic consequences of surgeries performed with power morcellators. Thousands of women have been put at risk by the companies who made these devices, and W&L is here to help. You may be entitled to file a lawsuit — please get in touch today to talk about your case.