Our lawyers are reviewing potential lawsuits for women who developed uterine cancer after undergoing fibroid removal surgery in which the surgeon used a power morcellator. Recently, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned that morcellators may spread undetected cancer cells throughout a woman’s body.
Free Morcellator Uterine Cancer Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with uterine cancer after undergoing power morcellation, 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.
What’s the Problem?
Power morcellators use rotating blades to chop up uterine fibroids into tiny pieces that are removed through small incisions in the abdomen. However, before this surgery, no steps are taken to determine whether the fibroids contain cancer cells. If they do, the morcellator can spread these cancerous cells throughout a woman’s abdomen and pelvic area, which poses a serious risk to the patient’s health.
FDA Warning: Power Morcellators Can Spread Cancer
In April 2014, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning which stated that as many as 1 in 350 women who undergo morcellation surgery may have undetected uterine sarcoma, a type of uterine cancer that includes leiomyosarcoma. According to the FDA:
“If 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 likelihood of long-term survival. For this reason, and because there is no reliable method for predicting whether a woman with fibroids may have a uterine sarcoma, the FDA discourages the use of laparoscopic power morcellation during hysterectomy or myomectomy for uterine fibroids.”
HCA Facilities Ban Use of Power Morcellators Following FDA Warning
HCA Holdings Inc., the largest for-profit hospital operator in the U.S., said power morcellation for uterine fibroid removal will no longer be performed at its facilities, after the procedure was linked to the spread of cancer. The company’s decision to ban power morcellators marks one of the first major shifts concerning the controversial medical devices since the FDA’s Nov. 24 warning. Click here to learn more.
Storz Power Morcellator Lawsuit Filed in South Carolina
The grieving son of a South Carolina woman who died of uterine cancer after undergoing fibroid removal surgery with a Storz power morcellator has filed a personal injury and wrongful death lawsuit alleging unreasonable misconduct and the failure to adequately warn of the dangers associated with morcellation. The complaint names Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc., Karl Storz Endovision, Inc., and Karl Storz GMBH & Co. KG as defendants. Click here to learn more.
What is Uterine Cancer?
Uterine cancer, also known as womb cancer or endometrial cancer, occurs in the layer of cells that form the lining of the uterus (endometrium). The disease begins when normal cells in the uterus change and grow uncontrollably, forming a mass called a tumor. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), there are nearly 50,000 new cases of uterine cancer and more than 8,000 deaths from the disease each year in the U.S.
Uterine Cancer Symptoms
- Vaginal bleeding between menstrual periods
- Heavier-than-normal periods
- Vaginal bleeding in post-menopausal women
- Pelvic pain
- Pain during sex
- Vaginal discharge
The following symptoms indicate a more advanced stage of uterine cancer:
- Pain in the legs and back
- Pain in the pelvic area
- Fatigue (tiredness)
Uterine cancer may be treated with a combination of surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or hormone therapy. Treatment options depend on several factors, including the type and stage of the disease, potential side effects, as well as the woman’s overall health and personal preferences. Uterine cancer patients are encouraged to consult their doctor about the goals of each treatment and what they can expect when receiving treatment.
Can I File a Morcellator Uterine Cancer Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit against the maker of a power morcellator, which is why we are currently offering free case evaluations. Simply fill out the confidential evaluation form below to contact our law firm now.
Most cases involving medical devices allege that a product was sold with design, manufacturing, and/or marketing defects, which typically refers to a company’s failure to warn of a certain complication. In the case of morcellators, our attorneys suspect that patients may be able to take legal action in light of claims that manufacturers failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of uterine cancer.
How Can Filing a Lawsuit Help Me?
By filing a lawsuit against the maker of a power morcellator, you may be entitled to collect compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your uterine cancer, as well as for damages for pain and suffering. Additionally, filing a lawsuit can help hold the morcellator’s manufacturer accountable for releasing an allegedly defective medical device into the marketplace, and to discourage other companies from engaging in similar conduct.
Do I Have a Morcellator Uterine 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 Morcellator Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new uterine cancer cases in all 50 states.
Free Morcellator Uterine Cancer Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one developed uterine cancer after undergoing morcellation surgery, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Morcellation Suit and we can help.