- What is a power morcellator?
A laparoscopic power morcellator (LPM) is a device that is used for minimally invasive laparoscopic surgeries, commonly to remove uterine fibroids, and to perform hysterectomies and myomectomies. A morcellator uses a blade to fragment tissue so that it may be removed through the use of small incision sites, allowing for a less invasive surgery with a shorter recovery time.
- What's the problem?
The use of power morcellators can spread unknown cancer tissue all over the abdominal cavity, accelerating the patient’s cancer exposure, staging, and ultimate demise. Where there are undetected uterine sarcomas containing cancer, which prove difficult to discover in the pre-operative stage, the patient is put at a higher risk of the cancer spreading than if the cancer were to be removed intact.
- Who is liable?
If you or a loved one have been harmed by the use of a power morcellator, then the manufacturer and seller of that power morcellator may be held liable. Under products liability law, these parties have a duty to ensure that their products are free from unreasonable dangers or defects. In addition, the doctors, nurse and hospital may also be liable as well.
- What types of cancer are involved?
What is it? Soft tissue sarcoma that starts in smooth muscle cells. This type of cancer is resistant, in that it is not very responsive to chemotherapy or radiation. Symptoms include a lump or swelling; abdominal pain or discomfort; or vaginal bleeding of women who has gone through menopause, or a change in periods for women who have not yet gone through menopause.
How is it treated? Typically, leiomyosarcoma will be removed surgically. The surgery may be followed by radiotherapy, which is used to reduce the risk of the cancer recurring. Chemotherapy is often used for a recurring leiomyosarcoma.
Endometrial Stromal Sarcoma :
What is it? This type of cancer develops in the connective tissue of the endometrium. The outlook with endometrial stromal sarcoma is better than with other uterine cancers, as these tumors tend to grow slowly. Symptoms include long or heavy bleeding and pain or swelling of the pelvis.
How is it treated? Removal of the ovaries, fallopian tubes or cervix may be necessary, depending on where the cancer is located. While the survival rate is high if caught early, there is a high rate of recurrence, making hormone therapy likely. Chemotherapy is used when the cancer recurs.
What is it? This is the most common type of endometrial cancer. It occurs when the cells of the endometrium grow and multiply without control by the mechanisms that normally limit their growth. Symptoms include abnormal bleeding from the vagina; this means any vaginal bleeding for women who have gone through menopause, or heavier or more frequent bleeding for women who have not gone through, or are going through, menopause.
How is it treated? While surgery is the main treatment, other options include radiation therapy, chemotherapy and hormone therapy.
What is it? This cancer develops in the uterus. These tumors appear most commonly in post-menopausal women. Symptoms include abnormal vaginal bleeding, as well as pelvic or abdominal pain.
How is it treated? Surgery is the primary form of treatment. The benefit of chemotherapy or radiation is not clear.
- What types of surgeries are involved?
Power morcellators have become of common use by some doctors in the removal of a woman’s uterus. The use of the device allows for a shorter recovery time, with less post-operative pain, due to the ability to perform a less invasive surgery. Power morcellators are used in both partial and total hysterectomies.
Myomectomies are the surgical removal of fibroids from the uterus. Fibroids are typically non-cancerous growths in the uterus that are very common in women. Some women experience pelvic and back pain, bladder pressure, abnormal vaginal bleeding, or difficulty becoming pregnant due to the existence of the fibroids, prompting their removal. The use of power morcellators in myomectomies has also become common by some doctors.
If you or a family member has had any gynecological surgery involving the removal of organs or tissue and a power morecellator was used, and you were subsequently diagnosed with cancer, please contact us for a Free Consultation.
- Who makes power morcellators?
- ‣ FemRx – Diva Morcellator
- ‣ Hologic – MyoSure
- ‣ Lumenis Inc. – VersaCut Morcellator
- ‣ Ethicon Gynecare – X-Tract
- ‣ Ethicon Gynecare – Morcellex Tissue Morcellator
- ‣ Ethicon – Morcellex Sigma
- ‣ Interlace Medical – Hysteroscopic Morcellator
- ‣ Smith & Nephew – Trueclear Hysteroscopic Morcellator
- ‣ Olympus – PlasmaSORD
- ‣ Olympus – Gyrus PKS PlasmaSORD
- ‣ Nouvag – Morcellator TCM3000BL
- ‣ Blue Endo – MOREsolution Tissue Morcellator
- ‣ LiNA Medical – Xcise Cordless Laparoscopic Morcellator
- ‣ Karl Storz – Rotocut G1, G2, Steiner, and Sawalhell Supercut Morcellator
- ‣ Richard Wolf – Morce-Power 2306 Electronic Morcellator
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