Morcellation Cancer Lawsuit
Written by Faith Anderson on October 22, 2014
Power Morcellator Manufacturers Facing Uterine Fibroid Surgery Cancer Lawsuits
Women with undiagnosed uterine cancer who undergo surgery with power morcellation may suffer a spread of potentially deadly cancer throughout their bodies.
Two new product liability lawsuits have been filed against the makers of power morcellators, alleging that the devices used during surgery for uterine fibroid removal caused two women to suffer the spread of cancer throughout their bodies. The lawsuits join a growing number of morcellation cancer complaints filed in state and federal courts across the country on behalf of women who underwent hysterectomies or myomectomies (uterine fibroid removal) and suffered a rapid progression of leiomyosarcoma, endometrial stromal sarcoma, or other types of uterine cancer. If you underwent a hysterectomy or uterine fibroid surgery with power morcellation, and you have since been diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma or another type of uterine cancer, contact a reputable morcellation cancer attorney today for legal help.
Side Effects of Power Morcellators
Power morcellators are medical devices commonly using during minimally-invasive hysterectomy or uterine fibroid removal procedures, allowing surgeons to cut up the uterus or uterine fibroids and remove them through a small inciscion in the abdomen. The devices are designed to reduce recovery time and minimize the risk of infection or other complications. However, a growing body of research has shown that women who undergo surgery with power morcellation may have unsuspected sarcoma contained within their uterus, in which case, morcellation may cause the contained cancer cells to be spread throughout the body, resulting in a rapid upstaging of the potentially deadly cancer.
Morcellation Lawsuits Over Uterine Cancer
The new power morcellation lawsuits were filed in the federal court system on behalf of two women who allege that they may have avoided the spread of cancer if sufficient warnings had been provided by manufacturers about the risk of using power morcellation during a laparoscopic hysterectomy or uterine fibroid removal surgery. One complaint was filed by Lisa Nielsen and her husband, Kurt, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California on October 9, naming Gyrus ACMI as a defendant. On October 10, a wrongful death complaint filed on behalf of Patricia Daley was removed to the federal court system, and the suit alleges that the power morcellators manufactured by Ethicon and Karl Storz used during Daley’s robotic hysterectomy caused the spread of an aggressive form of uterine cancer.
An Experienced Morcellation Cancer Lawyer Can Help
As more women across the country learn about the connection between the diagnosis of potentially life-threatening uterine cancer and the use of power morcellation during surgery, it is expected that the number of morcellation cancer lawsuits will continue to increase. The FDA has estimated that one in every 350 women who undergo the procedure have undiagnosed sarcoma cancer cells in the fibroids, which may be spread by the use of power morcellation. If you believe you have been adversely affected by side effects of power morcellation during uterine fibroid surgery, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by potentially dangerous medical devices, and we can help put you in touch with a qualified attorney who has experience handling morcellation cancer claims.