Power Morcellator Lawsuit
Written by Faith Anderson on February 2, 2015
Power Morcellation Suit Filed Over Cancer Spread During Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
Yet another claim has been filed over the spread of cancer during a laparoscopic hysterectomy using power morcellation.
A product liability lawsuit has been filed against Karl Storz, Inc. by a Michigan woman who alleges that the power morcellator used during her laparoscopic hysterectomy caused cancer cells to be spread throughout her body, leading to a stage four bone and breast cancer diagnosis. The power morcellation claim was brought by Denise Whitfield in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on January 26, and alleges that the drug manufacturing company failed to provide adequate warnings to patients and doctors about the risk of cancer being spread during hysterectomy procedures where the Storz Rotocut G1 morcellator is used. If you have been diagnosed with upstaged cancer, and you believe side effects of power morcellation to be the cause, contact a reputable product liability attorney today for legal help.
Possible Side Effects of Power Morcellation
According to the complaint, Denise Whitfield underwent a laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy and bilateral salpingectomy for uterine fibroids in June 2011, during which a Storz Rotocut G1 power morcellator was used to cut up the uterus and remove the tissue through a small incision in the abdomen. However, Whitfield claims that during the surgery, the power morcellator caused undiagnosed cancer cells to be spread throughout her body, a potential side effect that has raised serious concerns about the safety and efficacy of power morcellation in recent years. Whitfield’s upstaged cancer was not discovered until July 2014, when she underwent spinal surgery, at which point the metastasized bone and breast cancer was in its most advanced stages.
Risk of Power Morcellators Spreading Cancerous Cells
Power morcellators are medical devices that have become more and more popular for use during laparoscopic hysterectomy and uterine fibroid removal procedures, in order to reduce recovery time and limit the risk of surgical complications. However, serious concerns have emerged recently about the risk of power morcellation causing the spread of undiagnosed cancer cells contained within the uterus. “As a result of the use of the Rotocut G1 power morcellator, Plaintiff developed Stage 4 bone and breast cancer, and has had to undergo extensive and intensive therapies for the treatment and management of her advanced-stage cancer,” the lawsuit states. “This treatment includes daily hormone medications, regular injections of medications by her physicians and multiple ten-week rounds of radiation therapy.”
Contact an Experienced Power Morcellation Lawyer Today
Whitfield’s lawsuit joins a growing number of complaints brought against the makers of power morcellators like the Storz Rotocut G1, which allege that the manufacturing companies knew or should have known about the risk of cancer being spread during surgery where power morcellation is used, but failed to warn consumers and the medical community about this risk. If you believe you have been adversely affected by side effects of power morcellation, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by dangerous medical devices, and can help put you in touch with a knowledgeable attorney who has experience handling power morcellator cancer claims.