Power morcellators are used in eliminating benign (non-malignant) tissue enlargements along the lining of the uterus. It works by breaking up the tissue growths and vacuuming them out of the body. In some cases, however, undetected cancerous tissues might also be shredded by the device, causing cancer cells to spread and progress aggressively.
Speak with your physician right away if you experience any of these uterine cancer symptoms after undergoing a procedure involving a power morcellator:
- Bleeding between menstrual periods
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Pain in the pelvis area
- Vaginal bleeding after menopause
- A watery discharge from the vagina, sometimes with streak of blood
If you or your loved one developed uterine cancer because of power morcellators, our legal team of power morcellator attorneys at Williams Kherkher is willing to review your situation to see if it qualifies you to take legal action. Call us at (800) 220-9341 today for a free assessment of your case.
Found along the inside lining of the uterus, the endometrium plays a very important role in the female reproductive process. Before menstruation, the endometrium tissues thicken to accommodate human embryos in case of pregnancy. During menstruation, these tissues shed off through the cervix and out of the body. When pieces of endometrial tissue detach from the inside lining of the uterus and grow outside it, endometriosis occurs.
Endometriosis is characterized by symptoms such as painful sexual intercourse, dysmenorrhea, painful urination, excessive bleeding, painful bowel movements, and infertility. Unfortunately, women who have undergone a uterine procedure using a power morcellator are at higher risk of suffering from this painful disease. Scientists have found that endometrial tissue broken down by a power morcellator may lodge outside of the uterus and cause endometriosis.
If you have developed endometriosis or any other health conditions after undergoing a surgical procedure involving a power morcellator, do not hesitate to take legal action. Our team of power morcellator attorneys at Williams Kherkher want to help you take legal action against the responsible manufacturer. For a free case assessment, call us at (800) 220-9341 today.
Power morcellators are used in procedures for women suffering from uterine fibroids, or the benign growths along the lining of the uterus. It works by breaking the growths into pieces before vacuuming them out of the body through a small incision. Manufacturers of power morcellators claim that uterine procedures involving these devices are safe, effective, and pain-free.
But despite these promises, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned about the risk of uterine cancer after power morcellation procedures. The agency said undetected cancer tissues along the lining of the uterus might be ruptured by the device. This might trigger the destructive multiplication of cancer cells in the uterus, which could lead to uterine cancer.
If you have developed uterine cancer after a procedure involving a power morcellator, our team of morcellator lawsuit attorneys at Williams Kherkher may look into your situation to see if you are qualified to seek financial compensation from the makers of the dangerous medical device. Call us at (888) 220-0640 for a free assessment of your case today.
Today, the FDA strengthened an existing warning about the dangers posed by power morcellators. These devices, which have come under heavy scrutiny in recent months, had previously been a common surgical tool used in hysterectomies and in the removal of uterine fibroids. Unfortunately, these devices pose an immense threat as they have the ability to spread undetected uterine cancer to other parts of the body.
Because of these dangers, the FDA issued a warning in April 2014 discussing the potential risk associated with these devices. However, this warning was updated and strengthened today, as the FDA noted that for the removal of fibroids and in hysterectomies, these devices should not be used in “the vast majority of women.” To help protect patients, the FDA has recommended that a boxed warning be added to detail the dangers of the devices. The agency has also mentioned two specific situations in which these devices should never be used; however, these two instances cover the vast majority of situations in which the use of a power morcellator may have been appropriate.
When the FDA issued their initial warning earlier this year, medical device manufacturer Johnson & Johnson recalled three of their popular power morcellators, and advised medical professionals to stop utilizing these devices in procedures.
Today’s FDA announcement can be read in full by clicking here.
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