Legal Representation for Patients of Laparoscopic Uterine Power Morcellation Injuries
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure in which a woman has her uterus removed. It was common not too long ago for the procedure to include laparoscopic power morcellation. A morcellator is a surgical instrument used to remove large masses of tissue during laparoscopic surgery. During a hysterectomy, the uterus is morcellated, or broken down, into smaller pieces before being removed.
We now know the process is extremely dangerous because it can actually spread undetected cancer cells throughout the body. If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of this dangerous device, please contact the dangerous medical device attorneys at Farah & Farah. We can help you better understand your legal rights and options.
In November 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued information to medical professionals about the dangers of using laparoscopic uterine power morcellation in a hysterectomy. According to the FDA, when laparoscopic power morcellators are used during a hysterectomy, it can spread “unsuspected cancerous tissue, notably uterine sarcomas, beyond the uterus.” The procedure is known to actually cause cancer to spread throughout the woman’s body.
Because of this potential risk, the FDA recommends medical professionals to consider other treatment options for the removal of symptomatic uterine fibroids. Anyone about to undergo a hysterectomy should discuss the procedure with her doctor. There are risks associated with the use of every medical device and procedure, but a morcellator is dangerous for women with symptomatic uterine fibroids.
While the FDA has issued a warning, morcellators haven’t been recalled and are still used in these procedures. Your doctor could use these devices and spreading undetected cancer cells through your body, reducing your chances of long-term survival.
Understanding Your Options
Anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer following a hysterectomy should research legal options. The manufacturers of the power morcellators DID NOT warn doctors about dangers before the FDA stepped in. Victims and their families can hold the manufacturer of the surgical tools used during these procedures.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer after laparoscopic surgery, don’t hesitate to request a copy of your medical records. Ask your doctor what tools were used, and reach out to a skilled medical device attorney. Financial compensation may be available for:
- Medical expenses
- Cost of future treatments
- Lost income
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
The family of someone who died of cancer after being the victim of these dangerous surgical tools can go after compensation for their losses by filing a wrongful death as well.
Product manufacturers have a legal responsibility to manufacture products that are tested and safe for use. There is no question that any surgery comes with risks and dangers. But, when a defective product results in devastating injuries and health problems, victims can seek compensation for their losses. Our attorneys can help you fight for your legal rights.
Call Farah & Farah’s Morcellator attorneys at 855-797-9899 to schedule your free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.