A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in Pennsylvania federal court by the widower of a woman who allegedly died after undergoing uterine fibroid removal surgery with a power morcellator made by LiNA Medical.
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What’s the Problem?
The alleged victim in the case, a 53-year-old mother of two, underwent uterine fibroid removal in 2012 as part of a hysterectomy, and was subsequently diagnosed with an aggressive form of uterine sarcoma. The woman had no symptoms of metastatic cancer before the surgery, and developed leiomyosarcoma just nine days later.
The plaintiff alleges that LiNA Medical knew or should have known that its power morcellator could spread undetected cancer cells during fibroid removal surgery, and failed to warn patients about this risk. Specifically, the lawsuit claims the woman’s cancer was “seeded” by the morcellator’s rotating cutting blades, causing malignant tissue to rapidly spread to other parts of her body.
Additionally, the complaint alleges that LiNA promoted its morcellator as a safe option for gynecologic procedures, which includes about 10% of the 600,000+ hysterectomies performed each year in the U.S.
What is a Power Morcellator?
Power morcellators are medical devices used in minimally-invasive gynecological surgeries. In a hysterectomy, surgeons are able to remove fibroids and tissue either vaginally or laparoscopically. During the procedure, doctors make several small incisions in the abdomen and use the morcellator to break up the tissue until it is small enough to be extracted.
For some women, the need for a hysterectomy is caused by the presence of uterine fibroids. Doctors target these fibroids for removal during the surgery, using the morcellator to pulverize the tissue. However, the devices have been reported to spread pieces of fibroid tissue throughout the abdomen, including undetected cancer cells.
On Nov. 17, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning which stated that approximately 1 in 350 women who underwent fibroid removal surgery or a myomectomy were later diagnosed with aggressive uterine sarcoma.
According to the FDA: “[i]f laparoscopic power morcellation is performed in women with unsuspected uterine sarcoma, there is a risk that the procedure will spread the cancerous tissue within the abdomen and pelvis, significantly worsening the patient’s long-term survival.”
The agency recommended against the use of power morcellators for removal of uterine fibroids, and encouraged patients and physicians to consider alternative courses of treatment.
Do I Have a Morcellator Cancer Lawsuit?
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