Morcellation May Cause Cancer to Spread During Fibroid Removal, Hysterectomies

June 18, 2014

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At A Glance

This Alert Affects
Women who were diagnosed with cancer after undergoing hysterectomies (removal of the uterus) or myomectomies (removal of uterine fibroids) using a procedure known as laparoscopic power morcellation.
What Is Morcellation?
Laparoscopic power morcellation is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses a morcellator (a tool with a spinning blade) to break down tumors and body tissue, which can be easily removed through a small incision.
What's the Problem?
The use of morcellation in hysterectomies and myomectomies may cause unsuspected cancer cells to spread throughout the body, putting patients at risk for advanced stage forms of cancer.
Manufacturers
Ethicon, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, LiNA Medical, Richard Wolf Medical Instruments, Storz, Blue Endo and others.
Type of Lawsuit
Mass Tort