On behalf of The Snapka Law Firm posted in Medical Device Litigation on Friday, August 29, 2014.
Morcellator devices recently made headlines when the Food and Drug Administration recommended that surgeons stop using these devices during the removal of the uterus or uterine fibroids. This news has left many people asking what these devices are and how they endanger patients.
Morcellation is the process of cutting a tissue into small pieces so that it can be more easily removed during surgical procedures. A morcellator device is a small instrument that uses a rapidly spinning blade to slice through tissue. These devices allow surgeons to remove large tissue masses during minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures, as opposed to resorting to open surgery.
A morcellator instrument may be used to remove masses in the abdomen and uterus. These instruments are frequently used during procedures such as myomectomy, or the removal of uterine fibroids, and hysterectomy. After a successful procedure, many people experience less pain and an easier recovery.
Sadly, recent reports show that a morcellator device can spread cancerous tissue, since the device flings fragments of uterine tissue into other parts of the abdominal cavity. Uterine sarcoma is the primary type of cancer that may be spread to other areas, such as the pelvis and abdomen, during procedures such as hysterectomy.
In light of these dangers, some of these devices have been recalled pending further research. Unfortunately, the previously unknown risks of morcellator use may have already affected many people by spreading cancer and causing other needless complications.
Call (361) 888-7676 or toll-free at (866) 888-7676 today to schedule a free case consultation with a lawyer who specializes in morcellator device cases.