Power Morcellator Lawsuit - Medical Device Attorney Jeffrey D. DeCarlo Fights on Behalf of Victims and Families
A surgical procedure for women who need hysterectomies and other uterine procedures may lead to the spread of undetected cancer. Defective medical device attorney Jeffrey D. DeCarlo understands that Johnson & Johnson has announced a worldwide withdrawal of all its laparoscopic power morcellators after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration discouraged doctors from using them.
A morcellator lawsuit may be necessary for women who have been diagnosed with cancer after undergoing a hysterectomy or other uterine procedure with the surgical tool.
FDA Issues Safety Notification Regarding Power Morcellators
The FDA in April issued a safety communication notice discouraging the use of laparoscopic power morcellation for the removal of the uterus or uterine fibroids (benign growths on the uterus) because of the risk that cancer may spread beyond the uterus.
Surgeons used the power morcellator to divide the uterine tissue into smaller pieces or fragments so the tissue could be easily removed using noninvasive procedures. The spinning blade of the morcellator, however, may cause malignant cells to spread in patients.
The FDA found that 1 in 350 women who are undergoing hysterectomy or myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroids) have an unsuspected type of uterine cancer called uterine sarcoma. The medical device may spread the cancer within the abdomen or pelvis and turn a potentially treatable disease into a terribly legal one.
As the FDA states, the spread of cancer because of the device may "significantly (worsen) the patient's likelihood of long-term survival.
Johnson & Johnson Issues Worldwide Power Morcellator Recall
In the wake of the FDA findings, Johnson & Johnson announced it would ask doctors to return the power morcellators. J&J's Ethicon unit had already suspended sales and distribution of the surgical tools.
According to media reports, some women whose doctors used power morcellators later discovered they had aggressive cancer and filed morcellator lawsuits against manufacturers to obtain justice.
Unfortunately, some women whose cancer was "upstaged" by morcellation may not have even known that the surgery they thought was helping made their problem worse.
It's not clear how many women have been diagnosed with cancer after their surgeons used power morcellators during their procedures, but it's likely in the thousands. Power morcellators, which were first marketed for gynecology in 1995, were used in tens of thousands of procedures each year. Women who have been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer after the procedure include a doctor who underwent a hysterectomy to stop bleeding from fibroids.
Dr. Amy Reed and her husband launched a campaign to ban power morcellators after she was diagnosed with a cancer known as leiomyosarcoma. Her condition served as a catalyst for the FDA's scrutiny.
How a Morcellator Attorney Can Help Women and Families Pursue Justice
If you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer after being treated with a power morcellator, contact Jeffrey D. DeCarlo for a free consultation. Call (305) 572-0065 or complete the online contact form. Jeffrey D. DeCarlo is a highly experienced dangerous medical device attorney with a proven record of results.
At the Law Office of Jeffrey D. DeCarlo, P.A., we are ready to listen to you and discuss your options. If you are represented by attorney DeCarlo, you don't have to worry about paying any upfront costs. For cases involving dangerous medical devices, attorney DeCarlo works on a contingency fee basis, which means you only pay an attorney's fee if there is a recovery.