A California woman has filed a product liability lawsuit against the company that manufactures the Wolf Power Morcellator, alleging that use of the device during a laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy caused leiomyosarcoma cancer to spread throughout her body. Supracervical hysterectomies are one of the most common uses for power morcellators, where the device assists in surgery to remove the uterus. Our lawyers are currently accepting potential lawsuits for women who were diagnosed with cancer after being treated with a laparoscopic power morcellator.
Laparoscopic Power Morcellator Lawsuit Update 7/31/14: Johnson & Johnson is urging surgeons not to use a device that has recently been found to spread certain types of uterine cancer in women. Sales of J&J’s laparoscopic power morcellators were halted earlier this year after the FDA issued a warning which stated that when used for hysterectomy and fibroid removal surgeries, morcellators could spread sarcoma in some patients. Click Here to learn more.
Free Power Morcellation Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured after undergoing surgery with a morcellator, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the morcellator and we can help.
Morcellation Lawsuit Filed in California
The new Morcellator Lawsuit was filed on behalf of Sarah Salem-Robinson and her husband in the Northern District of California on May 13, 2014. The complaint names Richard Wolf Medical Instruments Corporation as the defendant.
According to allegations raised in the lawsuit, a Wolf Power Morcellator was used during Salem-Robinson’s supracervical hysterectomy. Prior to the surgery, doctors were not aware that 1 of the fibroid tumors in her uterus contained cancerous leiomyoscarcoma cells, which allegedly were spread through her peritoneal cavity during the morcellation process. After the hysterectomy, the plaintiff was diagnosed with metastatic cancer, and has since developed 4 small lesions on her lungs, which may indicate the presence of leiomyosarcoma cancer. Salem-Robinson is suing Richard Wolf Medical for negligence, products liability, breach of warranty, and fraud. Her husband Alan is suing for loss of services. The couple is seeking both punitive and compensatory damages.
Morcellator Cancer Risk
Salem-Robinson’s case is the latest in a growing number of similar lawsuits filed against manufacturers of power morcellators, medical devices used during minimally invasive procedures to allow doctors to cut uterine fibroids into pieces that can be removed through a tiny incision in the abdomen. For some women who are treated with these devices, however, power morcellators may cause severe health complications if they have an unsuspected sarcoma in the uterus, as the morcellator could cause the cancer to be spread throughout the abdomen and other parts of the body.
FDA Warning on Morcellation
In April 2014, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning which stated that doctors should avoid using power morcellators during fibroid removal surgery. FDA indicated that approximately 1 in 350 women who undergo laparoscopic hysterectomy or uterine fibroid removal has undiagnosed cancerous sarcoma cells, and there is no way to diagnose the cancer before the procedure. The administration determined that morcellation carries an unreasonable risk of spreading cancer, reducing the likelihood of long-term survival. Doctors have been encouraged to consider traditional hysterectomy or myomectomy surgery where morcellation is not implemented.
Ethicon Suspends Sales of Power Morcellators
Following the FDA’s warning, Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division announced that it would stop selling power morcellators until the company can determine if they are safe to use for uterine fibroid removal in any capacity. FDA has scheduled a hearing later this summer to discuss what steps need to be taken next, and to determine why the medical community was not better informed of the risks associated with the devices.
Do I Have a Morcellation Cancer Lawsuit?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in laparoscopic power morcellator lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new morcellation cancer cases in all 50 states.
Free Power Morcellator Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed cancer after undergoing surgery with a laparoscopic power morcellator, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Morcellation Cancer Suit and we can help.