Power morcellation is a medical procedure involved in certain hysterectomy and myomectomy surgeries for the removal of non-cancerous growths in the uterus wall. This procedure uses a tool called a morcellator, which has tube-shaped blades that are used to break up tissue. The power morcellator can remove unwanted growths in the uterus through small incisions.
Since the incisions for this procedure are small, power morcellation is usually touted as a minimally invasive surgical procedure that results in a shorter recovery time than other hysterectomy procedures.
Power morcellation has been linked to the spread of certain types of uterine cancer. This can happen if the morcellator unintentionally cuts up cancerous cells existing in the uterine wall. When that happens, the cancer can spread to other parts of the body, exacerbating the patient’s overall condition. The cancerous cells may spread to other neighboring areas, such as the pelvic area or the abdomen.
As a result of these recognized risks association with power morcellation, the FDA has issued warnings suggesting the cessation of power morcellation in relation to hysterectomies and myomectomies. In response to the warnings, several morcellator distributors and manufacturers have stopped distributing their products.
Injuries or medical conditions caused by power morcellation can result in legal action against these companies through a class action suit. In some cases, medical malpractice may be an issue as well. For these types of cases, legal remedies may include monetary damages to compensate for the losses experienced by the patient.
Power morcellation can lead to serious medical conditions, including the spread of uterine cancer to other areas of the patient’s body. It may be in your best interests to hire a personal injury lawyer in your area if you or a loved one of yours has any legal issues involving power morcellation. Your lawyer can advise you on how to proceed with a claim, and can research the injury laws in your state. If you need to make an appearance in court, your lawyer can provide legal representation and guidance during those procedures.
Last Modified: 11-23-2015 11:19 AM PSTLaw Library Disclaimer
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