According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), patients who have received a hysterectomy or myomectomy in the state of Florida since 1993 may be at a higher risk of cancer if a morcellator was used during the procedure. The agency’s ruling came out in April 2014, alleging that morcellators used in minimally invasive hysterectomy and myomectomy procedures exposed patients to a high risk of cancer. The FDA stated further that approximately 1 in 350 patients who were operated upon with a morcellator are at an increased risk. If you believe that your cancer diagnosis was facilitated by a surgery involving a morcellator, contact a morcellator cancer lawyer today to learn your legal options.
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The FDA has said that women who underwent a hysterectomy could have been exposed to cancer due to undetectable Leiomyosarcoma Uterine Sarcoma (LMS) that could be aggravated by the treatment. Morcellators are used to cut the uterus up so the surgeon can remove it in pieces rather than whole. However, the device can potentially leave behind residue of the organ that can then spread throughout the body into a person’s intestines, kidneys, lungs, and other organs. If that residue contained cancerous cells, it may increase the risk of cancer elsewhere in the body. The FDA has asserted that manufacturers realized the risks and simply chose not to disclose them to protect themselves from liability. Contact a morcellator cancer lawyer today if you believe you are eligible for compensation for your injuries.
Most morcellators used during hysterectomy and myomectomy procedures were motorized. This made them potentially harmful because they could leave a leftover tissue residue within the body. In the event that this tissue contained cancerous cells, these could then be spread throughout the body, increasing the risk of developing cancer wherever they ended up. While hysterectomies and myomectomies were often advertised as procedures meant to reduce the risk of cancer, they could actually increase the risk if a morcellator was used.
If you or a loved one received a hysterectomy or myomectomy involving a morcellator and believe the procedure contributed to your cancer diagnosis, contact Attorney Group for Florida today for a free, no obligation consultation. If you are eligible, we can connect you with a morcellator cancer lawyer. He or she can file a lawsuit on your behalf and assist you throughout the legal process. Call today.