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Risks of Power Morcellators

According to University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, women with fibroids are often unaware of the highly effective treatment options available to them in addition to hysterectomy. Power morcellators were once regarded as a minimally invasive way to remove fibroids and noncancerous tissues during a hysterectomy or a myomectomy. The drill-like device worked by mincing up this tissue into smaller pieces that were then removed through a small incision in the abdomen.  However, the FDA soon found a strong correlation between procedures using these devices and the development of deadly cancers—including uterine cancer, uterine sarcoma, and endometrial stromal sarcoma, and metastatic leiomyosarcoma. While the device was able to dice up noncancerous tissue, it could also spread cancerous cells to other areas of the body. According to Williams Kherkher, a staggering 1 in every 370 women developed cancer after undergoing a surgery using a power morcellator.

Along with these dangers, other dangerous symptoms are associated with power morcellators.  People who undergo these procedures may experience soreness, infection, bleeding, damage to surrounding organs, and abdominal pain.  With these serious dangers, the FDA released an official “black box” warning in 2014, meaning that the risks of morcellators were too great to justify the benefits.  Soon, Johnson & Johnson, the makers of the devices, recalled power morcellators.  Unfortunately, many women still suffered the effects of morcellators whether it was unpleasant symptoms or the development of deadly cancers.

Many individuals who have suffered as a result of power morcellators are taking action against the responsible party.

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