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The lawsuit involving the Power Morcellator concerns the increased risk of significantly upstaging undiagnosed cancer during laparoscopic uterine fibroid removal surgeries. Upstaging means a change in the stage of a person's cancer from a lower stage (less extensive) to a higher stage (more extensive).

By upstaging an undiagnosed cancer, a patient’s chances for survival are dramatically decreased. Unfortunately, the manufacturers of these products failed to adequately warn of this risk, resulting in injuries to many women.

increased risk of dying from uterine cancer

The main manufacturer of the power morcellator is Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

 

What is the Purpose and Risks of the Power Morcellator

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Power morcellators are used in laparoscopic uterine surgeries, including hysterectomies and myomectomies.

If women undergoing these surgical procedures have undiagnosed uterine cancer, the use of this device can upstage that cancer, which can dramatically decrease the chances for survival. In fact, the FDA recently estimated that 1 in 350 women undergoing surgical procedures where power morcellators are used have undiagnosed uterine sarcoma. The type of cancer most frequently seen with the use of this device is known as leiomyosarcoma.

1 in 350 women undergoing morcellator procedures have undiagnosed uterine cancer
 

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Will the Power Morcellator Litigation be Handled as a Class Action

A class action is a type of lawsuit where a few individuals represent the interest of many individuals, even if they don't have a lawyer and are not named in the lawsuit. The court rulings and jury rulings impact all persons who are considered a member of the class action, most of whom do not even know they are involved. This is not the type of litigation we will be pursuing for our clients. Instead, we represent each individual based on his/her specific circumstances, and evaluate the recovery for each client based on his/her facts. Each of our clients always has the option of settling or not settling his/her case.

 
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DOJ Agrees to Investigate the Power Morcellator and Potential Link to Cancer

Morcellators, which have been in use for almost a quarter of a century, were designed to simplify hysterectomies by tearing uterine tissues into small bits in order to remove them with a laparoscope (this is sometimes known as “keyhole surgery”). It was touted as a minimally invasive procedure that would reduce hysterectomy recovery time from five days to two. To read more, click Drug Safety News

Doctor with cancer raises alarm about medical device

Is the FDA doing enough to protect patients from potentially dangerous medical devices? Two Philadelphia area doctors say no. They're fighting to prevent more tragedies, while living through their own medical nightmare. 42-year-old Dr. Amy Reed and her husband, Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, have been fighting their battle since Reed was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. CBS Philly's Stephanie Stahl has been following their story for a year. Reed's cancer was found after an operation to remove uterine fibroid tumors. Surgeons used a device called a power morcellator to shred the fibroid tissue so it could be easily removed through a small incision. But the shredding ended up inadvertently spreading cancer that hadn't been detected. To read more, click CBS News

Two New Studies Add to Scrutiny of Gynecology Tool

New research is adding to scrutiny of a surgical tool called the laparoscopic power morcellator that the Food and Drug Administration has warned against using in a vast majority of cases because of its potential to spread hidden cancer in common gynecological procedures. To read more, click Wall Street Journal

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Surgical Tool Gets Strongest Warning: Morcellator Used in Hysterectomies Can Spread Undetected Cancer, FDA Says

The top U.S. health regulator warned Monday that a common surgical tool shouldn’t be used on most women during hysterectomies, a decision that caps nearly a year of debate and is expected to sharply curtail a procedure that the agency said can spread hidden cancer. The Food and Drug Administration used its authority to call for an immediate “black box” warning for laparoscopic power morcellators, the strongest caution the agency issues. Typically, such warnings on product labels undergo a lengthy comment period before being completed, lawyers for device makers said. To read more, click Wall Street Journal

A Minor Surgery For Women Is Discovered To Have Major Repercussions

So you go in for simple surgery. Removal of a fibroid, a hysterectomy. You choose the hospital, maybe go so far as choosing the surgeon to take this on. ‘It’s laparoscopic’ they say, and in our minds that means safe, effective and nearly scar-free. They say they use this device – they call it the power morcellator – that is sent through the incision to break up the fibroid or the uterus into small enough pieces to suck up through the incision and make what used to be a more major procedure into a minor, safer surgery. Except, it turns out, it’s not. To read more, click Ring of Fire Radio News

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FDA and Scientific Studies Regarding the Power Morcellator

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Immediately in Effect Guidance Document: Product Labeling for Laparoscopic Power Morcellators

As the number of laparoscopic and minimally invasive procedures has increased with the introduction of new surgical technologies and techniques, additional safety information has become available regarding the use of LPMs. Recent discussions within the patient and clinical communities, as well as the peer-reviewed medical literature, have raised awareness of the risk of spreading unsuspected cancerous tissue beyond the uterus when LPMs are used during gynecologic surgeries intended to treat benign fibroids. Numerous case reports and case series have been published that describe the iatrogenic dissemination, implantation, and subsequent growth of unsuspected neoplastic tissue within the peritoneal cavity following laparoscopic morcellation of uterine tissue believed to contain fibroids based on preoperative diagnosis. FDA’s recent analysis of available information suggested that the risk of an occult uterine sarcoma in a woman undergoing surgical intervention for presumed fibroids is substantially higher than had previously been assumed or reported. FDA’sanalysis also suggested that patient outcomes, including survival, may be significantly adversely impacted from this upstaging of disease. To read more, click Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff

FDA warns against using laparoscopic power morcellators to treat uterine fibroids

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking immediate steps to help reduce the risk of spreading unsuspected cancer in women being treated for uterine fibroids. In an updated safety communication, originally issued in April 2014, the FDA warns against using laparoscopic power morcellators in the removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) or fibroids (myomectomy) in the vast majority of women. In an Immediately in Effect (IIE) guidance, the FDA is also recommending that manufacturers of laparoscopic power morcellators include in their product labeling specific safety statements in the form of a boxed warning and two contraindications. The IIE guidance allows the FDA to issue its recommendations expeditiously to help address a significant public health issue. To read more, click FDA New Release

Power Morcellator Recall Information

Ethicon voluntarily recalled all of its power morcellator products. This recall occurred among great public scrutiny and concern about the risks associated with power morcellators.

Morcellator Settlement Information

As of this time, there have been no large group settlements involving the power morcellators and the potential link to upstaging cancer. Litigation likes this takes many years to resolve, with teams of lawyers spending millions of dollars trying to determine exactly what occurred, and how it could have been prevented. Generally, large groups of settlements do not occur until such time as a few cases are tried before a jury, and the manufacturer is able to more thoroughly understand its financial risk.

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This in no way means you can wait to hire an attorney and file a lawsuit. Just the opposite, if you wait, you could permanently lose all of your rights, even if a settlement occurs in the future. This is because every state has time limitations in which you can file a claim for any injuries that you have sustained or could sustain resulting from power morcellators.