By: Darrell Castle
WREG News Channel 3 reported a story this week about power morcellators. If you haven’t seen it, here’s a link.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first warned the public about power morcellators early last year. And around that same time, I wrote an article about it.
In the article, I talked about a woman named Debra and her story about battling aggressive cancer after her power morcellator procedure.
What is a power morcellator?
Many women suffer from uterine fibroids and the symptoms that come with them. These are benign tumors that grow in a woman’s uterus. They come in different sizes — some small and some as big as a baseball.
These fibroids are very hard. So some surgeons will use power morcellators — a medical device used to break up those fibroids.
In the process, experts have learned this procedure carries a huge danger.
Women’s uterine tissue can sometimes contain hidden cancer cells. And when the power morcellator breaks up those fibroids, the hidden cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body, worsening the cancer.
The FDA claims this happens to an estimated 1 in 350 women.
Why this is negligence
The thing is, there’s other methods to remove these fibroids. Safer methods. Which is why some doctors avoid power morcellators all together. They’ve never used it and never will.
In fact, Aetna, the nation’s third largest insurance company, stopped covering the use of power morcellators all together.
Medical device makers have a duty to properly warn patients about the risks and dangers of their product. That includes the manufacturers of power morecellators.
If you’ve had this procedure done and developed aggressive ovarian cancer, then you should speak to an experienced attorney right away.