Morcellators are surgical devices that not many are familiar with. It was commonly used by Gynecologists in minimally invasive procedures, such as hysterectomy or a myomectomy, to break down large tissue growths into smaller pieces. Once thought to be a useful tool in removal of tissue with benefits such as shorter recovery time and less pain, people who had surgery using morcellators began experiencing serious problems. While the device was effective in breaking up noncancerous tissue, women who had cancerous cells started seeing these cells spread to other areas of their bodies.
The spread of cancerous cells due to the use of a morcellator occurs in women who have undetected urine cancer. While this might not sound like a common occurrence, it can occur in as many as 1 in every 370 procedures. Aside from cancer, morcellators can also cause abnormal growth of the tissue or direct harm to healthy tissue. This is why Johnson & Johnson recalled three of its power morcellators after the correlation between the device and serious medical problems was revealed. The FDA also issued an official warning to doctors to stop use of the device in women. They also put a “Black Box” warning on the device, meaning that the risks of the device far outweighed the possible benefits of using it. However, many individuals had already suffered significantly due to the device.
Women looking to undergo a fairly simple and minimally invasive surgery could face the spread of cancer cells to other parts of the body without knowing it. When a morcellator is used in surgery on a women with undiagnosed urine cancer, the medical problems that an individual has to endure can be life changing. Many women have filed Morcellator lawsuits in an attempt to seek answers and hold someone accontable for what they’ve had to experience.