Who Knew About The Risks of Power Morcellation — And Why Didn’t You Know Sooner?

January 15, 2016  |  Dangerous Drugs & Devices, Pharmaceuticals

Know someone who was diagnosed with a severe and deadly cancer after they had a hysterectomy or fibroid removal surgery?

April 17th, 2014. That’s the day when the FDA issued a strongly worded safety communication regarding the use of power morcellators in hysterectomies and myomectomies (aka, fibroid removals). The announcement said “[Power morcellators] [pose] a risk of spreading unsuspected cancerous tissue.

And:“Health care providers and patients should carefully consider available alternative treatment options for symptomatic uterine fibroids.”

And:“Based on currently available information, the FDA discourages the use of laparoscopic power morcellation during hysterectomy or myomectomy for uterine fibroids.”

The FDA has found that around 1 in 350 women who undergo surgery with power morcellators develop the uterine cancer known as uterine sarcoma.Uterine sarcoma is  a dangerous and deadly form of uterine cancer.

One in 350 may sound like favorable odds, but that’s only when we’re talking about you as “patient-in-theory.” When it becomes you the patient, or you the daughter, the sister, or the loved one of a person undergoing this surgery, one in 350 may start sounding like a risk you definitely do not want to take.

Unfortunately, far too many patients, daughters, sisters and loved ones never got to make that decision. Before the FDA’s announcement, it was hard to understand power morcellator’s serious risk for spreading cancer. It didn’t matter that the manufacturers and marketers may have known about these risks. For whatever reason, they largely choose not to share this information sufficiently. They choose to keep this necessary life-or-death information out of our hands, out of the hands of the doctors and surgeons we trusted.

Instead, many women went into surgery thinking they were benefiting from a surgical device that delivered less recovery time, was less invasive. For many women, they weren’t made aware of what device or devices were being used in their surgery.

At Baron & Budd, our morcellator lawyers believe that this fault lies not with doctors but with pharmaceutical companies that should have made the risks better understood for both doctors and their patients. The risk of power morcellators spreading cancerous throughout a woman’s body is serious, which is why we believe that the manufacturers of power morcellators should have taken it upon themselves to protect the health of patients by spreading awareness of the known risks.

If you or someone you know developed uterine cancer or uterine sarcoma after receiving surgery with a power morcellator device, you may be able to file a lawsuit. You may also be able to file a lawsuit on behalf of a loved one who passed away.

Our power morcellator lawyers at Baron and Budd can help you learn exactly what kind of device was used in your surgery and how that device may have affected your health in the long run.

We understand the hesitations that may come with filing a lawsuit or considering legal action. But we also know, firsthand, that negligent pharmaceutical device companies need to hear from the women they injured.

We’re here to make this as easy for you as possible. Contact a power morcellator lawyer as soon as possible at 855-445-1833 or complete our contact form to learn more about how we can help you.

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