Were you diagnosed with cancer after a hysterectomy or myomectomy?
In recent years, a disturbing link has been uncovered between power morcellators, a tool used in some of these procedures, and the spread of uterine cancer. In fact, the FDA has issued its strongest warning possible against the use of power morcellators.
Unfortunately, the warning has come too late for some women. According to the Wall Street Journal, 1 in 350 women who have a hysterectomy or myomectomy have undetected uterine sarcoma, a type of cancer. Power morcellators are linked to a spread of cancerous cells and may decrease a woman’s chance of long-term survival.
If a power morcellator was used in your surgery and you now have cancer, an attorney can help evaluate your options.
Cancer is a devastating diagnosis and if a power morcellator is responsible for your prognosis, you may have a case for compensation to cover:
- Medical bills
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
Women across the country are exploring their legal options. You can join them by talking to a power morcellator injury lawyer. These professionals often provide free case reviews and can help you understand your rights under the law.
UPDATED Laparoscopic Uterine Power Morcellation in Hysterectomy and Myomectomy: FDA Safety Communication, http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm424443.htm
Surgical Tool Gets Strongest Warning, Jon Kamp and Jennifer Levitz, The Wall Street Journal, November 24, 2014, http://www.wsj.com/articles/fda-adds-new-warning-to-labels-for-laparoscopic-power-morcellator-1416842439