The power morcellator is a surgical tool that has been on the market since 1993. The device is intended to more easily remove large clusters of unwanted tissue by cutting the tissue into very small pieces. However, it has recently been discovered that in many cases not all of the tissue was removed, and instead, that remaining tissue has the ability to relocate to other parts of a patient’s body. In extreme cases, this loose tissue was cancerous, and therefore spreads cancer to other parts of the body. These recently discovered cases of cancer in female patients who have undergone surgery during which a Morcellator was used has caused the FDA to launch an investigation, and Johnson & Johnson to pull their products from market.
Some primary dangerous side effects of the morcellator include abnormal tissue grown in the patient. Power Morcellation is also linked to the spread of cancer.
Have I Been Affected?
If you, or someone you know, has undergone a myomectomy (removal of fibroids), hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries) or salpingectomy (removal of the fallopian tubes) and were diagnosed with Sarcoma or other uterine cancer after undergoing this surgery, please contact us right away.
In the News
Issues with power morcellators have recently been highlighted in the news. The Wall Street Journal reports on why Johnson & Johnson is removing their device from the market.