When we go to the doctor or hospital to have a surgical procedure performed, we all know that there are some risks involved. However, we expect that the doctors are well informed about these risks and tell us all the information they know. Unfortunately, sometimes doctors are not always aware of all the risks until after the surgery is performed. Sometimes the devices used in surgeries can be defective and cause more medical problems for a patient. If you or someone you know has had a surgery using the Morcellator device and now have been diagnosed with cancer, you should speak with a Tennessee Morcellator and defective device lawyer as soon as possible.How does Morcellation work and why is it used?
Morcellation is a surgical process that helps surgeons spilt tissues into little sections and removes them through a little incision. This can be done by hand or using a morcellator which is a device powered by electricity that has a spinning blade. Many surgeries are performed using this device because it is not as hard on the body. It has been used several times in hysterectomies and myomectomies.What are the risks associated with the Morcellation procedure?
The Food and Drug Administration has conducted an investigation about the Morcellation procedure and its link to cancer in women who have had hysterectomies or myomectomies. These women may have uterine sarcomas, which they may not know about. These are typically very cancerous tumors that physicians may have problems diagnosing. When these surgeries are performed, your surgeon can make the mistake of thinking these are not cancerous tumors or they may be able to see them during the surgery. When the Morcellation procedure is performed, it can spread these cancer cells in a person’s body causing the cells to move to places such as the abdomen or pelvis which can lead to the cancer spreading and becoming more dangerous or even fatal for the patient. The Food and Drug Administration is now suggesting that a black box warning be put on these procedures and are no longer encouraging their use.
Johnson and Johnson and Ethicon which is a part of the Johnson and Johnson Company, issued a worldwide recall of its Morcelex device in July 2014. Ethicon originally suspended worldwide sales of its morcellators in April 2014. After hearing about the Food and Drug Administration’s warning, Ethicon decided that its device may have more negatives than positives for its patients. Ethicon notified physicians of these warnings and encouraged them to stop using them until further research could be conducted.What should I do if I had this surgical procedure?
If you had this surgical procedure performed in the past, it is important that you speak to your surgeon and also get checked out to make sure that your cancer risk has not spread. If you do find out that you may be at a higher risk for cancer because of the morcellation procedure, then it is advised that you talk to one of our knowledgeable and compassionate Tennessee Morcellator and defective device attorneys at the Higgins Firm right away. We know this process may be hard on you and your loved ones and it may be very complicated to handle on your own. We will answer any questions you may have and help to determine if you are entitled to compensation for what you and your family have suffered.
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