Hysterectomies involve surgically removing the uterus. This is a common need for women who develop troublesome uterine tissue which may impair their health. Today, a device frequently used for these procedures is a power morcellator. The power morcellator tool offers a less invasive option than open surgery, and allows patients a faster recovery time.
A topic of concern surrounding the device, however, is that when it is used for gynecological surgeries, it can uncover previously undetected uterine cancers and spread them throughout the body. This spreading can cause an accelerated, high-grade cancer which can be fatal.
The power morcellator enters the lower abdomen through a small incision. It has a long hollow tube on the front. Once the tube is inside the body, surgeons attach small blades or jaws to the device. These jaws are rapidly spun in order to shred the troublesome uterine tissue into tiny pieces, so that it can be pulled up the tube and out of the body.
The concern, however, is that as the tool does this, it can expose and disseminate unknown cancer cells throughout the body--a significant danger to the patient involved.
Power Morcellator FDA Warning
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a series of warnings regarding laparoscopic power morcellation for hysterectomies and myomectomies. They have indicated that most women should avoid undergoing these procedures due to the cancer risk associated with the tool. Additionally, they have noted that an estimated 1 in every 350 women who undergo these procedures have hidden uterine sarcomas that could be spread.
Lawsuits Currently Filed Against Power Morcellators
Today, many lawsuits have been filed against power morcellator tools from various manufacturers. The lawsuits all commonly allege that the tool can spread and accelerate cancer. Some of the suits were filed by the victims themselves, while others were filed by family members for the victim, due to the fact that the victim has passed away from fatal cancer.
The lawsuits have been consolidated to form multidistrict litigation number 2652. They are being overseen by the Honorable Judge Kathryn H. Vratil in the United States District of Kansas. This consolidation enables initial litigation to run more efficiently. It avoids duplicate discovery and different rulings from multiple judges while conserving resources for everyone involved.
Are Morcellator Lawsuits Still Able To Be Filed?
Yes. It is likely that morcellator lawsuits can and will continue to be filed as cases in the current MDL await trial preparations. During this time, the attorneys at Banville law are working to ensure that all women who have undergone laparoscopic power morcellation and who were subsequently diagnosed with cancer will have the opportunity to explore their legal rights. To help accomplish this task, the attorneys at Banville Law are offering complimentary legal consultations to those involved.
To request more information on power morcellation or the associated lawsuits, please contact Banville Law directly by calling (917) 336-8784.