In laparoscopic surgery, a morcellator is a device that is used to help doctors remove the uterus or other tissue from the abdomen. It is inserted into the abdominal cavity through a small incision, at which point it minces the targeted tissue, which can then be drawn out through the same small incision. This device was originally used during hysterectomies, allowing for a briefer recovery time due to the minimal incision. Since that time, it has expanded to include removal of other organs, such as the spleen.
The term “morcellator” is not a brand name and simply describes this type of medical device. Morcellators are currently produced by multiple medical device manufacturers around the country.
While morcellators sound beneficial and do not fail on a direct level, they produce a very specific problem:
Studies have shown that about 1 in 350 women have an undetected cancer in their abdomen. Without extensive imaging and even investigative surgery, this cancer cannot be reliably predicted prior to morcellation surgery. With this cancer’s extremely low rate of occurrence, it is not workable to put every woman receiving a hysterectomy through these rigorous testing procedures.
For women who do have this form of cancer, here is the issue: due to the morcellator’s spinning blades, cancerous cells can be spread throughout the abdominal cavity. This can result in aggressive forms of cancer that may have been easily contained if not for the morcellation. While this is a rare occurrence, the fact that a relatively routine surgical procedure may result in aggressive cancer is unacceptable.
The FDA issued an initial warning against morcellators in April of 2014, urging surgeons to avoid morcellators during hysterectomies and myomectomies. As a result, one major seller of morcellators issued a full recall of power morcellators in July of 2014. However, without an official FDA recall, most morcellator manufacturers continue to produce this harmful device.
How we can help
At the law offices of Meyers & Flowers, we have the expertise and experience to pursue litigation against large medical firms who produce morcellators. Our long record of excellence includes million-dollar awards on behalf of clients harmed by destructive medical devices.
If you received morcellation surgery and are seeking legal recourse, we can help. Your first step is a free consultation with our law professionals to discover if you have a case. It costs nothing to find out your options, and you pay no fees until we win your case. Please call us today to find out more.