The Dangers of Using a Morcellator

A morcellator is a device used to trap cancerous tissue during hysterectomies and surgeries to remove fibroids. The devices resemble a drill with sharp blades at the end. Doctors insert the long, tube-like portion into small incisions in the abdomen, perform morcellation of the uterus or fibroid by chopping up the tissue, and vacuum it out of the body.

The use of morcellators has been linked to cancer growth in women. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed an Irish company to market its new power morcellator tissue collection system. The bag promises to trap potentially cancerous tissue and prevent it from spreading in the body, but the new tool is not guaranteed to stop the spread of cancer.

If you have suffered from the aggressive growth of cancer after undergoing a medical procedure involving a power morcellator, please speak with the lawyers at Williams Kherkher. Call us today at (888) 220-0640 to learn more about your rights and to hold negligent parties responsible.


What is Risperdal?

Risperdal, or risperidone, is an antipsychotic drug used to treat schizophrenia, some symptoms of bipolar disorder, and irritability in children with autism.

Risperidone is not approved for use when an individual has dementia because it may increase the risk of death in older adults. Doctor’s advice is also needed before giving the drug to a child. When taking Risperdal, individuals should drink plenty of fluids as it can cause overheating and dehydration. Risperdal may impair your thinking or reactions. Mild side effects are headache, fever, stiff muscles, confusion, sweating, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, trouble swallowing, dry mouth, dizziness, or fainting. Other adverse effects may include gynecomastia (male breast tissue enhancement), diabetes, sexual dysfunction, heart attacks, suicidal thoughts, pancreatitis, and bone loss.

If you or a loved one has experienced side effects or complications after using Risperdal, you may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer. Contact the Risperdal attorneys of Williams Kherkher today at (888) 220-0640 to learn how we can help you.


Possible treatments for individuals with gynecomastia

When male individuals experience hormonal imbalances such that their estrogen level increases relative to their androgen hormone, their breasts may become unusually large. Though some cases of gynecomastia improve during puberty after several months, other men with this condition may consider the following treatments if the problem persists.

  • Patients may want to lessen breast volume by undergoing selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) therapy

  • Patients may be advised to take medications like Danazol or Clomiphene

  • Older patients, or those who have abnormal hormone levels, may be advised to undergo testosterone replacement

  • Individuals who have serious cases of gynecomastia are usually required to undergo mammoplasty surgery to reduce their breast size

Although men who develop gynecomastia only have a small chance of contracting breast cancer, they are likely to suffer from psychological problems from having unusually large breasts.

Gynecomastia, unfortunately, is one of the dangerous side effects of taking Risperdal for the treatment of conditions such as schizophrenia, autism, and bipolar disorder. If you think that taking Risperdal has caused your gynecomastia, the talented legal team at Williams Kherkher may be able to represent you. Call our offices at (888) 220-0640 to learn more about your legal options and discuss your situation.


Surgical treatments available for individuals with uterine cancer

A woman who has been diagnosed with uterine cancer is often required to undergo a surgical procedure, depending on how advanced the cancer is and how feasible it is to prevent cancer from spreading to other parts of the body.

A gynecologic surgeon may perform a hysterectomy to remove the cervix and the uterus of the patient if the tumor found is likely to spread to other parts of the body. In a “radical hysterectomy,” the surgeon may also need to remove some parts of the vagina. Vaginal parts like the ovaries and fallopian tubes may also be removed if the patient is menopausal. In some instances, a surgeon may want to find out whether the cancer spread to the patient’s lymph nodes by performing a “sentinel lymph node biopsy.” The procedures are then followed by strategic therapy sessions to fully suppress cancer cells.

Unfortunately, uterine cancer treatment is often expensive, leaving patients and their families struggling with great financial loss. However, if your cancer has spread as the result of a morcellation surgery, the legal team at Williams Kherkher may be able to work for you. Find out how we may help you get the compensation you deserve by calling (888) 220-0640.


Typical symptoms of uterine cancer

The earliest symptom indicating that a woman may have uterine cancer is when a lump or tumor starts to develop in the uterus as a result of uncontrollable growth or change of cells in the uterine cavity. Women who are considering undergoing diagnostic tests should note the possible symptoms of this kind of reproductive cancer:

  • Painful urination or other problems urinating
  • Abnormal bleeding in the vagina that can come in the form of discharge or spotting
  • Any pain felt around the pelvic region
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Abnormal bleeding in the uterus or menorrhagia

Uterine cancer in the female’s reproductive system may also spread to other parts of the body. Women are advised to immediately see their physician if they experience any of these symptoms.

Unfortunately, some women who undergo a myomectomy or hysterectomy may experience the spread of uterine cancer as a result of using power morcellators during the procedure. If undergoing a morcellator surgery has caused the spread of your cancer, the lawyers at Williams Kherkher may be able to help you. Call our office at (888) 220-0640 to find out how we could help you receive the compensation you need for recovery.


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