Some of the most common tumors found in the uterus are known as fibroids. Many people faced with needing surgery to remove these tumors are now opting for minimally invasive surgery as opposed to traditional, open surgery, though there is a risk factor.
Hysterectomies, or removals of the uterus, have been performed by gynecologists or obstetricians since 1843. The process was then revolutionized in 1989 when the first laparoscopic hysterectomy was performed.
Open hysterectomies are done through either a large cut in the abdomen or in the vagina, known as an abdominal hysterectomy or a vaginal hysterectomy, respectfully. In laparoscopic hysterectomy, only a small cut is made in the patient’s abdomen to insert a lighted camera called a laparoscope and robotic surgical arms. The result is less pain and a shorter healing time. However, one of the laparoscopic tools, a power morcellator, increase the potential risks of spreading cancerous tissues inside patient’s belly cavity.
The two main types of laparoscopic hysterectomies are total and partial. In a partial laparoscopic hysterectomy, surgeons remove the uterus only. Total laparoscopic hysterectomy involves the removal of both uterus and cervix or the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina.
Researchers have highlighted the real danger linked to power morcellators and their risk of spreading undetected cancer. If you underwent a hysterectomy in which your doctor used a morcellator and you experienced adverse effects, contact a Williams Kherkher attorney at (888) 220-0640 today.
Power morcellators have been the subject of many discussions, both medical and scientific, for several years. However, many people are unsure what exactly morcellators are, how they work, and why they could be dangerous.
Q: What is the basic use of a power morcellator?
A: Power morcellators are small enough to be held and are comprised of a long, hollow cylinder and sharp edges. These sharp jaws are used to remove uterine fibroids and the cylinder suctions out the tissue.
Q: What exactly are Uterine Fibroids?
A: Uterine fibroids are an often noncancerous growth on the muscle tissue of a uterus, sometimes known to host undetected cancerous cells.
Q: What are the two types of fibroid removal?
A: Someone receiving a myomectomy will have the fibroids removed one at a time, while someone receiving a hysterectomy is having all or part of their uterus removed.
Q: What is the potential danger associated with Morcellators nowadays?
A: If the person having fibroid removal via morcellator has undetected cancer, the morcellator will spread the cancer cells around the abdomen, promoting the growth of further cancerous cells.
In surgeries to remove fibroids before the invention of morcellators, doctors would’ve had to make an incision that ranged from three to seven inches and required longer recovery time. In these cases, the fibroids or uterus were removed intact and the spread of cancer was significantly lowered because the fibroids weren’t opened.
Despite the fact that morcellators have been in recall for the past two years, many people still use them. If you’ve experienced new or aggravated forms of uterine cancer following a myomectomy or hysterectomy with a morcellator, you may have a legal option in receiving compensation. Contact an attorney with Williams Kherkher at (888) 220-0640 for more information.
This past Saturday, October 1, 2016, members of the Williams Kherkher team joined more than 15,000 other Houstonians in Sam Houston Park for the 26th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness month. It was very inspiring to see so many survivors out there raising awareness for the cure. Here are a few pics of the WK family at the race!
Williams Kherkher Team members participate in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Williams Kherkher team members pose at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event!
Williams Kherkher participates in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.