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Why should I file a Power Morcellator Lawsuit?

Nearly 600,000 hysterectomies are performed a year in the United States. This procedure, in which a woman’s uterus is removed, are often done by minimally invasive surgeries. Many doctors use a device called a power morcellators or electric morcellators when performing procedures such as a hysterectomy or a myomectomy. These instruments do much of the cutting involved in laparoscopic and robotic surgeries. The morcellators a tiny devices with rotating blades which cut through large tissue masses breaking them down into small fragments. These tissue fragments are then vacuumed away and out of the body.

Uterine fibroids is the most common cause of an enlarged uterus and will occur in 80 % of women by the age of 50. These fibroids – non-cancerous tumors – account for about 40 percent of hysterectomy cases. While often benign, fibroids may also harbor undetected cancer cells. This cancer is notoriously difficult to detect before surgery. Morcellators work by shredding tissues, by doing so, this can cause fragments of cancerous cells to spread throughout the abdominal and pelvic cavity and lodge in other tissues, causing the disease to spread. This makes the cancer more serious and difficult to treat. Morcellators can also spread non-cancerous tissue fragments throughout the body causing growths on other organs and tissues. This causes extreme pain and swelling to the individual and these masses require surgery.


The technique allows surgeons to make extremely small incisions and be able to remove fibroids and other tissue. These smaller entry points, often less than 2cm in size, mean the doctors do not have to make large cuts through core stomach muscles. The transition to the small incisions has led to quicker patient recoveries, less post-operative pain and fewer wound complications. Recent medical evidence shows the removal of broken up fibroids and tissues may not be safe or 100 % effective. If tissues being removed contains cancer cells they can spread to other areas, leading to the development of cancerous tumors.


This device is commonly used in women for hysterectomies and removing benign masses called fibroids. They have also be used for laparoscopic renal (nephrectomy) or spleen (splenectomy) surgery. When using this device to remove benign or cancerous tissue it can cause the spread of cancer to the abdomen in women or men, causing life threatening problems.

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If you or a loved developed uterine cancer after a surgery that used a Power Morcellator you may be entitled to Financial Compensation.

This device is so harmful that the FDA had to implement a never before used authority called the “Immediately in effect” (IIE) guidance against the surgical device Power Morcellator. This new authority allowed the FDA to act swiftly if and when they believe danger is great. When you consider that there is an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 gynecological procedures a year using this device, it is clear to see the potential impact and danger this device represents.

FDA warnings were immediately issued to health professionals discouraging doctors from using these devices to remove the uterine fibroids. The risk of spread undiagnosed cancer throughout the abdominal cavity is just too great. Following the warning Johnson & Johnson swiftly recalled and removed its laparoscopic Power Morcelltaors off the market. According to the FDA, they warn that as many as 1 in 350 who had this procedure done are at risk of developing undiagnosed Cancer. The dangers of this device is not limited to Women, as it was also used to treat some men. These treatments normally involving the Kidneys or spleen in males can spread the cancer in the same way.

The FDA issued the following statement on Nov. 24, 2014:

The FDA conducted a review of published and unpublished scientific literature, including patients operated on from 1980 to 2011 to estimate the prevalence of unsuspected uterine sarcoma and uterine leiomyosarcoma in patients undergoing hysterectomy or myomectomy for presumed benign fibroids (leiomyoma). This analysis led us to believe that the prevalence of unsuspected uterine sarcoma in patients undergoing hysterectomy or myomectomy for presumed benign leiomyoma is 1 in 352 and the prevalence of unsuspected uterine leiomyosarcoma is 1 in 498. Both of these estimates are higher than the clinical community previously understood.

Have you had a hysterectomy or fibroid removal surgery using a power morcellator?
Were you diagnosed with any of the following:
Do you already have an attorney helping you with your case?


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