Morcellator Lawsuit

Power morcellation surgeries are performed on women with uterine issues.  A morcellator is a medical device that is used to cut uterine tissue into small pieces during these surgeries so they can be sucked out through laparoscopic ports.  Morcellators are often used because recovery time from these surgeries was supposed to be shorter due to the smaller incision that a surgeon could make to remove the tissue. However, the benefit of a smaller incision and quicker recovery time may come at a high price.  Serious side effects and risks have been recently discovered that manufacturers did not warn the public against.

Morcellator Risk

The risks associated with Morcellator surgeries are coming into light following scrutiny from the FDA. There has also been recent medical literature that highlighted these risks. The morcellator risks that the FDA was concerned with include spreading cancerous tissue throughout the abdomen during a hysterectomy or a fibroid removal surgery.  Prior to surgery, there is no known way to detect uterine sarcoma, a type of uterine cancer. When a morcellator is used to cut up tissue, it can break up cancerous tissue cells and leave them behind in the abdominal cavity.  Using a morcellator can spread the cancerous tissues and advance the state of the cancer. The FDA believes that a small but not insignificant percentage of women who undergo a power morcellation surgery have some uterine sarcoma, thus greatly increasing the risks associated with using a power morcellator for a hysterectomy or fibroid removal vs the traditional methods.

Morcellator Lawsuits

Women and families who were affected by unknown cancer after a morcellation surgery have started fighting back and filing lawsuits across the country. While the morcellator did not cause the cancer, it did spread it around and significantly decrease chances of survival. In addition, morcellator manufacturers did not warn doctors or the public about the chances of spreading cancerous tissues throughout the body. Many women would not have allowed the use of a morcellator during their surgery if they had known of the serious associated risks.

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Morcellator Complications

Complications from power morcellation surgeries are numerous and are essentially the result of the spread of malignant, or cancerous, tissue from the undetectable and undiagnosed uterine fibroids that the morcellator surgery is trying to remove.  The most common morcellator complications include the following:

  • Leiomyosarcoma
  • Endometrial stromal sarcoma
  • Endometrial adenocarcinoma
  • Carcinosarcoma

Furthermore, a woman that has undergone morcellator surgery can have a significantly lower chance of beating the cancer that she may have already had if she did not receive power morcellation.  The manufacturers of power morcellators are now beginning to recognize the risks associated with the products that they sell, perhaps in light of the enhanced FDA scrutiny that they are receiving.  In fact, a voluntary withdrawal of morcellator products was undertaken by one of Johnson and Johnson’s subsidiaries, Ethicon.  Voluntary withdrawals are different than morcellator recalls because they are not mandated by a governmental body with regulatory authority over the manufacturer of the product.

The specific products that Ethicon included in its voluntary withdrawal of power morcellation devices were the Gynecare Morcellex, Morcellex Sigma and Gynecare X-Tract.  Also, certain hospitals have stopped using power morcellation devices altogether.

Other morcellator complications, these having to do with benign rather than malignant tissues, are the result of benign tissue that is broken up during the power morcellation surgery.  The benign tissue can then travel through a woman’s body to other parts of her abdomen or other organs.  The tissue then attaches to these areas and can cause endometriosis, adenomyosis, or other fibroids that could require additional surgery.

Power Morcellation Lawsuit Information

The Morcellator Attorneys at Drug Injury Legal Group are investigating claims against Johnson & Johnson, and other morcellator manufacturers, for putting profit ahead of the health and safety of consumers. Spreading cancer throughout the body is a very serious issue and we intend to hold morcellator manufacturers responsible for their actions!

Morcellator Lawyer

A morcellator attorney can help someone who has been injured by a power morcellation lawyer in the officesurgery and has suffered and been diagnosed with one of the cancerous or non-cancerous morcellator complications that have been associated with these products.  Your morcellator lawyer can file a morcellator lawsuit on your behalf with certain allegations that would make the manufacturer of the product liable for the injuries that you suffered.  These allegations are common law allegations and include strict liability failure to warn, strict liability design defect, negligence, violations of your state’s consumer protection act, as well as other violations.

When a company violates these laws, you are entitled to compensation for the injuries that you suffered as a result of these violations.  The compensation can be awarded either by a settlement or by a jury as a result of a trial in either state or federal court.  Your morcellator lawyer can guide you through these obstacles and will front the costs of the litigation on your behalf.  A hysterectomy lawyer will either file your case in state or federal court depending upon which state you are a resident of and in which state your injuries occurred.

Morcellator Settlements

As of the time of this writing, we are not aware of any morcellator law firm or individual Teal ribbonplaintiffs that have achieved morcellator settlements.  This is because the litigation being undertaken by your power morecellation attorney is still in its infancy.  These cases can take many years for a power morcellation law firm to see through to a successful conclusion.  Your power morcellation lawyer will do a thorough intake in your case to determine if you experienced an injury that could be settled with the manufacturer of the product.  Once it has been identified that you had a surgery using one of the morcellators in question and you were diagnosed with an injury that can be linked to the device, a lawsuit will be filed on your behalf.

If you believe that you suffered a cancer that was caused by a morcellator used during a surgery that you underwent, or that you suffered an injury that can be linked to a power morcellation device, please contact the Drug Injury Legal Group immediately, either by calling our toll free number or filling out a free case evaluation form.


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