Not all uterine fibroids should be removed

An increasing number of women who underwent laparoscopic procedure involving a power morcellator have been filing lawsuits over allegations that the device may spread undetected cancer in the uterus. Recent studies have suggested the prevalence of uterine cancer hidden in benign growths in the uterus, and using a power morcellator may thus trigger the spread of the cancer.

If you have recently been diagnosed with uterine fibroids, it is important to note that not all uterine fibroids should be removed. Growths that show no signs or symptoms and cause no complications may not require treatment and instead may only need watchful waiting. After all, uterine fibroids are known to grow slowly. They also seldom affect pregnancy, and can shrink after menopause.

At Williams Kherkher, we help women adversely affected by power morcellators file a lawsuit against the manufacturers. To find out whether your circumstances qualify you for a claim, call us at (800) 220-9341 today.

Insurers cut back on power morcellator coverage

More and more health insurers are choosing to not to cover laparoscopic procedures involving power morcellators due to mounting concerns that the tool may spread undetected cancer in the uterus, a report by the Wall Street Journal stated on Thursday, April 2.

According to the report, several insurers covering approximately 93 million Americans in total are on the move to limit the coverage of the device. The fourth largest insurer in the country, for instance, has labeled procedures involving power morcellators as ‘not medically necessary,’ which means they would most likely be not covered by the company. Other companies are weighing the risks of limiting coverage due to other potentially dangerous alternatives to treat uterine fibroids like abdominal surgery.

If a procedure involving a power morcellator has caused you harm, a lawyer at Williams Kherkher might be able to help you seek the compensation you deserve. Call us at (800) 220-9341 to learn more about filing a legal claim today.

Focused ultrasound surgery for uterine fibroid treatment

Over the years, gynecologists and surgeons have been recommending the use of power morcellators during uterine laparoscopic surgeries to get rid of benign uterine growths. However, study after study suggests that the risk of cancer tissues hiding in uterine fibroids is high, and using a power morcellator may spread cancer cells and cause uterine cancer.

One alternative to power morcellation for the removal of uterine fibroids is a procedure called magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound surgery. In this procedure, doctors will use a magnetic resonance imaging scan to locate the fibroids. The fibroids will then be burned and destroyed using a high-energy ultrasound transducer. This non-invasive procedure has been proven effective at treating benign and malignant tumors not just in the uterus but also in other parts of the body, such as the breasts.

If you believe your uterine cancer has resulted from a procedure involving a power morcellator, a lawyer at Williams Kherkher might be able to help you seek justice and compensation through a lawsuit. Call us at (888) 220-0640 to learn more about taking legal action today.

Study: large waistline makes you more prone to certain types of cancer

According to the MD Anderson Cancer Center, research has shown that a large waistline could also make you more prone to certain types of cancer.

Authors of the research, which tried to draw the link between cancer risk and body fat, revealed that a 5 kilogram per square meter increase in the body mass index (BMI) accounted for a 50% increase in esophageal and uterine cancer risks. The same holds true for kidney and colorectal cancers, where the study found an increase by roughly 30% and up to 10% to 15%, respectively.

Apart from unhealthy levels of body fat, defective medical devices in the market have also been associated with cancer risk. Power morcellators, for instance, have been linked to the spread of cancer cells in the uterus during removal of benign uterine fibroids. If you believe your uterine cancer has been a result of using power morcellator during a uterine procedure, a lawyer at Williams Kherkher can help you explore the possibilities of seeking justice and financial compensation. Call us at (800) 220-9341 to discuss the particulars of your case with a qualified attorney.

Several cups of coffee a day might lower uterine cancer risk

In a study aimed at establishing how dietary factors might affect the likelihood of developing endometrial cancer, researchers found that drinking several cups of coffee a day might actually reduce its risk, a report by stated on March 3.

The study, which was published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, revealed through data of 3,000 women that compared to those who drank less than a cup a day, women who drank three cups of coffee a day reduced their risk of endometrial cancer by 18 to 19 percent.

The American Cancer Society stated that this year, around 54,870 women will be diagnosed with this disease. Endometrial cancer, commonly referred to as uterine cancer, has been linked to the use of power morcellators during uterine procedures, during which the device could spread undetected cancer tissues and trigger the spread of the disease.

At Williams Kherkher, we help victims of power morcellators seek the compensation they truly need by helping them file a case against the medical device manufacturer involved. To learn how we can be of help, call us at (888) 220-0640 today.

What you need to know after a uterine leiomyosarcoma diagnosis

Individuals who have just been diagnosed with uterine leiomyosarcoma (LMS) might feel restless and apprehensive. But as they learn more about the disease, they may be able to drive away their anxiety and fears to regain control of their lives.

Upon leiomyosarcoma diagnosis, it is important for you to seek the help of a sarcoma oncologist to give you a better view on the overall status of your health. He or she can also shed light about the nature of the disease, and may give you an idea about the treatment options that will be most appropriate for you. Your sarcoma oncologist may also work in collaboration with oncology nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, and dietitians to ensure that your health will be at the optimum while fighting against the disease.

Uterine leiomyosarcoma is oftentimes hidden in benign uterine growths. However, removal of these benign growths through laparoscopic procedures involving a power morcellator has been associated with the spread of leiomyosarcoma in the uterus. If you believe your cancer has been a result of a procedure involving a power morcellator, our legal team at Williams Kherkher might be able to help you file a case against the manufacturers of the device. Call us at (888) 220-0640 today.

Two studies further prove the prevalence of hidden uterine sarcoma

Two recent studies published in the Obstetrics & Gynecology and JAMA Oncology further established the possibility that many women who underwent gynecological procedures with power morcellation were put at risk for the spread of undetected cancer tissues, The Wall Street Journal reported on February 19.

In a study published inObstetrics & Gynecology, researchers from the University of Michigan said the possibility of having undetected sarcoma among women who had hysterectomies was one in 368. On the other hand, a study published in the JAMA Oncology stated that although the possibility of hidden cancers are low among those who have their uterine fibroids removed with or without a power morcellator, the risk of cancers hidden in benign growths increases with age.

These two studies further prove that the possibility of spreading hidden sarcoma during a laparoscopic procedure involving a power morcellator is high. To learn how you might be able to seek compensation from the makers of this medical device, speak with our legal team at Williams Kherkher by calling (888) 220-0640 today.

Defective tissue extraction bag in morcellation increases cancer risk

Many gynecologists and health professionals choose laparoscopic power morcellation as a means to remove benign growths in the uterus in a minimally invasive way. However, undetected cancerous or pre-cancerous tissues hiding in the uterine growths could be spread during this procedure, which may increase the risk of uterine cancer.

The risk of uterine cancer during a laparoscopic surgery involving a power morcellator could also be significantly increased if the procedure was not done with an appropriate tissue extraction bag. The tissue bag is used to contain the benign uterine growth during morcellation, and is designed to prevent spillage while breaking up and vacuuming the growths. As such, power morcellation performed with a defective tissue extraction bag could cause residual cancerous tissues to grow and spread in the cavity, resulting in the spread of uterine cancer.

At Williams Kherkher, we help uterine cancer patients seek justice and compensation after being harmed by dangerous power morcellators by possibly filing a lawsuit against the manufacturers involved. Call us at (888) 220-0640 for an initial assessment of your case.

How the FDA approved power morcellators over the years

Power morcellators are devices used to remove uterine masses by breaking up the growths and vacuuming them out of the uterus. This controversial device was cited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April 2014 for increasing the risk of uterine cancer among women.

Over the years, several types of power morcellators have become available on the market through previously approved devices cited as their precedent. Here are the generations of FDA-approved morcellator devices and the succeeding devices they have ‘grandfathered’ in:

  • Cook tissue morcellator – Approved in 1991, this was the first ever FDA approved power morcellator that has taken its precedent on Dyonics (joint device), Storz (tissue punch), Wolf (manual morcellator), and Wisap (tissue punches)
  • Karl Storz – Cited Cook tissue morcellator as its antecedent. Approved in 1995
  • FemRx/Johnson & Johnson – Approved in 1997, cited Karl Storz as its precedent
  • Gyrus/Olympus – Approved in 2008, cited FemRx/Johnson & Johnson as its precedent
  • Nouvag – Approved in 2009, cited FemRx/Johnson & Johnson as its precedent
  • Trokamed – Approved in 2011, cited FemRx/Johnson & Johnson as its precedent
  • LiNA Medical – Approved in 2011, cited FemRx/Johnson & Johnson as its precedent

If you believe your condition has resulted from a uterine surgery involving a power morcellator, do not hesitate to seek compensation through a lawsuit. The team at Williams Kherkher might be able to help you. Call us at (888) 220-0640 today.

How a power morcellator could spread cancer

Since the U.S Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) warning about its association with uterine cancer in April 2014, power morcellators have been the subject of fierce criticism among many uterine cancer advocates and women who have recently been diagnosed with the disease after undergoing a power morcellation procedure.

To understand clearly the risk of uterine cancer, here is a quick guide on how a power morcellator typically works:

  1. A small incision in the abdomen is made where the power morcellator’s hollow tube, blade and pincers will be inserted.
  2. The pincers will grasp the uterine fibroid and pull it towards the device’s shaft.
  3. A rotating blade in the shaft of the tool will break the mass into pieces. During this process, undetected cancer tissues may also be morcellated.
  4. Morcellated tissues are captured by the device’s hollow tube that is connected to a vacuum source. In some instances, morcellated cancer tissues are left behind, spreading these cancerous tissues.

If you believe your health has been severely compromised after undergoing a laparoscopic procedure involving power morcellators, a lawyer at Williams Kherkher might be able to help you seek the compensation you believe you deserve. Call us at (888) 220-0640 for a free and non-obligatory assessment of your situation.

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