A morcellator is a surgical device that is routinely used to assist surgeons who are performing myomectomies and hysterectomies. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a notification in April 2014 advising healthcare providers to stop using morcellators to remove uterine fibroids, acknowledging that these devices could spread previously undetected cancers throughout a woman’s body.
Additionally, a second study has concluded that one in 368 women who undergo a hysterectomy procedure has a hidden uterine cancer that can potentially spread if a morcellator is used in the procedure. If you or a loved one underwent a myomectomy or hysterectomy and a morcellator was used, you may be eligible to file a New York morcellator cancer lawsuit if you developed a serious or life-threatening condition as a result.
Are Morcellators Dangerous?
Traditional hysterectomies and myomectomies involve a surgeon creating several incisions in the patient that are between three and seven inches in length, allowing the surgeon to completely remove a whole, intact uterus. However, these surgeries often result in both long hospital stays and long scars.
On the other hand, laparoscopic morcellators are used in what is believed to be a less invasive approach. The morcellator is equipped with a blade that cuts the woman’s uterus into pieces that are removed via a hollow tube attached to the device. However, several women claim that pieces of tissue may be left behind in their bodies. If these pieces are cancerous, they could initiate the spread of cancer wherever the blades happened to displace them inside the woman’s body.
Several patients have begun pursuing claims against the manufacturers of morcellators to recover damages for their injuries. According to court documents, cases in New York, California, Florida, and Pennsylvania are pending and include claims of lelomyosarcoma and other forms of cancer following morcellator-assisted surgeries. Those who believe they have been harmed by these devices may consider filing a New York morcellator cancer lawsuit to seek compensation for pain and suffering, lost income, and medical expenses.
Eligible to File a New York Morcellator Cancer Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one underwent a myomectomy or hysterectomy involving a morcellator and subsequently developed lelomyosarcoma or another form of cancer, contact Attorney Group for New York today. You may be eligible to file a New York morcellator cancer lawsuit. In a free, no-obligation consultation, Attorney Group for New York can help determine if you are eligible to recover damages for your injuries. If you are, we can connect you with a local, affiliated attorney. He or she can file a New York morcellator lawsuit on your behalf and assist you throughout the legal process. Call today.