Johnson & Johnson begin to settle lawsuits over morcellators

As of March 15, 2016, there are about 31 pending morcellator lawsuits filed by women who had hysterectomies or uterine fibroid removal against J&J’s Ethicon unit before Judge Kathryn H. Vratil in Kansas, according to the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

In 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a warning that about 1 in 350 women had an undiagnosed uterine cancer that could be spread by the surgical device. Lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Ethicon claim the devices are defective and that the company knew about the possibility of spreading cancer but failed to warn the public. J&J claimed that their morcellators have always included cautions in their instruction for use about the potential spread of malignant tissue. J&J is already in talks to settle more of its cases. Individual settlements differ based on the specific injuries and circumstances of the case, but so far, the range of each settlement runs from $100,000 to about $1 million, according to Wall Street Journal.

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


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.


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.


What are the serious side effects of power morcellators?

A power morcellator is an electric device used for surgery, such as laparoscopic hysterectomy or a myomectomy, and its function is to break down large pieces of tissue into smaller fragments. The cut-up tissue is then removed from the body through a small incision. The device resembles a tube with blades used to shred targeted tissue.

Unfortunately, there are some extremely serious side effects that an individual may experience after a procedure done with a morcellator:

  • Bleeding
  • Obstruction of bowel
  • Significant bruising in the area
  • Reoccurrence of fibroids (or the spread of fibroids to different body parts)
  • Damage to the organs
  • Excruciating pain on the site of the incision
  • Pain on the abdomen and the pelvis
  • Soreness of the muscle

A warning by the FDA shocked medical communities after they stated that power morcellators have a tendency to break apart and spread undetected cancer in women. If you have suffered from the aggressive growth of cancer after undergoing a medical procedure that made use of a power morcellator, please speak with our lawyers at Williams Kherkher. Call us today at (888) 220-0640 to learn more about your rights.


Facts regarding uterine fibroids

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous, smooth muscle tumors that form on the wall of the uterus, and they usually develop after puberty, typically after age 30. While they are usually benign, there are risks of metastasis when a power morcellator is used in surgery to remove these fibroids.

The Center for Innovative Gyn Care listed the following facts regarding uterine fibroids:

  • The development of uterine fibroids in women is common, and approximately 80% of the female population has fibroids.
  • Uterine fibroids, also called leiomyomas, are not relative to the risk of uterine cancer.
  • The growth of uterine fibroids is generally unpredictable. It may be fast or slow or stay the same. They may grow significantly or shrink.
  • About 1 in 1000 women has the risk of leiomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

While uterine fibroids are not dangerous, power morcellation (the breaking down of large tissue into small fragments) may spread these cells throughout the body and put the patient at risk of leiomyosarcoma.

If you think you have suffered from the side effects of a power morcellator, please discuss your case with our lawyers at Williams Kherkher. Call us today at (888) 220-0640.


Symptoms of Uterine Fibroids

Non-cancerous, smooth muscle tumors that develop on the walls of the uterus are called uterine fibroids. Generally, uterine fibroids are harmless and are not associated with the risk of uterine cancer; however, there are cases where the use of a power morcellator in surgery spreads the fibroids throughout the body and creates the risk that these cells will metastasize into a rare cancer called leiomyosarcoma.

Here are the symptoms of uterine fibroids, according to Mayo Clinic:

  • Long menstrual periods (seven days or more)
  • Heavy menstruation
  • Pain and pressure on the pelvis
  • Frequent urination
  • Difficulty with urination or emptying the bladder
  • Painful sensation in the back and legs
  • Constipation

If you are experiencing these symptoms, you may want to speak to your doctor about whether or not you have uterine fibroids. The sooner you take action, the better your chance of treating the condition before additional complications occur.

If you have been diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma and you think it was caused by the controversial medical device known as a power morcellator, speak with our lawyers at Williams Kherkher today by calling our office at (888) 220-0640.


The Risks of Power Morcellators

According to Drug Dangers, approximately 1 out of 350 women estimated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is at risk for the metastasizing of a rare type of cancer called leiomyosarcoma during fibroid removal surgeries that use the medical device known as a power morcellator.

Not only do power morcellators result in leiomyosarcoma, but the spread of a benign tumor, leiomyoma, is also likely in laparoscopic hysterectomy procedures. Leiomyoma may not be cancerous, but when the morcellators scatter the cells during the procedure, they may develop into fibroid tissues around the abdomen and may eventually cause widespread pain.

Drug Dangers also listed the following as the other possible side effects of morcellators:

  • Soreness, bruising
  • Abscess, infection
  • Bleeding, oozing, and pain on the incision
  • Damage to surrounding organs
  • Abdominal and pelvic pain
  • Reoccurrence of fibroid

The FDA recently shocked medical communities when it released a warning about the use of power morcellators in surgeries due to the dangerous effects. Lawsuits began throughout the country alleging the device inflicted severe pain and even cause the deaths of some patients. If you have suffered as a result of a power morcellator, please contact our lawyers at Williams Kherkher to find out how we may be able to help you. Call our office now at (888) 220-0640.


Congressman asks FDA for criminal investigation on morcellator

According to Pennsylvania news sources, 8th district congressman Michael Fitzpatrick wrote a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on December 18 regarding a potentially harmful medical device, the power morcellator. The congressman is asking the agency to launch a criminal investigation about the dangers of using the morcellator in laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgeries.

The morcellator birthed numerous lawsuits all over the country in which the plaintiffs, who are usually female, allege that the device accelerated and spread uterine cancer cells after being used in surgeries.

The letter addresses the misconduct of well-known hospitals such as Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York, and the biggest manufacturer of the device in question, Johnson & Johnson.

If you have suffered as a result of the use of these highly dangerous power morcellators, please do not hesitate to contact our lawyers at Williams Kherkher to discuss your situation and let us help you develop a strategy against negligent medical professionals, institutions, and manufacturers. Call us now at (888) 220-0640.


Power morcellators a threat in laparoscopic surgeries

In early 2014, an announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shocked medical communities after power morcellators were said to be a threat when used in certain surgeries. A power morcellator is an electric-powered medical device used to break down large tissues into smaller fragments so that they may be removed through small incisions. It is commonly used in the removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) or uterine fibroids (myomectomy).

After many years of research, the FDA found that morcellators could spread concealed cancerous tissues to different parts of the body. There have been lawsuits in which women have developed leiomyosarcoma after the use of power morcellators in surgical procedures. The lawsuits also accuse manufacturers and medical professionals of not disclosing the side effects of the product.

If you have been affected by the use of power morcellator, please bring your case to our esteemed lawyers at Williams Kherkher for help in pursuing compensation for negligent pharmaceutical manufacturers. Call us now at (888) 220-0640.


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