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Morcellator Complications Extend Beyond Cancer

New Study Shows Power Morcellator Complications Extend Beyond Cancer

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According to a recent study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, the dangers associated with power morcellation in gynecological surgeries extends beyond increasing the risk of undiagnosed uterine cancers.

Uterine morcellation is a technique used in gynecologic surgery to facilitate a laparoscopic approach to the removal of an enlarged uterus. The safety of this technique has been a source of recent debate, as uterine morcellation can result in the intraperitoneal dissemination of undiagnosed uterine malignancies.

Surgical Cytoreduction for Disseminated Benign Disease After Open Power Uterine Morcellation

The study raises the concern that morcellation may be associated with an increased risk of other uterine diseases.

According to the study, three women who underwent minimally invasive hysterectomies via open power morcellation for a benign disease, subsequently presented with peritoneal implants highly suspicious for malignancy or cancer. Each woman required a laparotomy and extensive, multiorgan resection to clear the disease. Benign pathology was diagnosed in all cases.

The study concluded:

Even in the setting of benign conditions, open power morcellation of the uterus may be associated with clinically significant dissemination of uterine disease.

The Case Studies

A 36-year-old woman underwent a hysterectomy where a power morcellator was used. Later she developed several soft tissue tumors and underwent surgeries to have parts of her ovaries, spleen, diaphragm, colon, and other organs removed to prevent the tumors from advancing into cancerous ones.

A 51-year-old woman developed a bowel obstruction and mass in her pelvis after power morcellation surgery. She underwent additional procedures to have her fallopian tubes and right ovary removed.

The third woman developed an abdominal mass and had to undergo similar organ-removal procedures.

Alternative to Power Morcellation

Boston Scientific recently announced that it will release a new system that will be a safer alternative to the power morcellator. This surgical tool will continuously evacuates tissue from the uterine cavity, preventing escape of the tissue into the cavity.

Conclusion

Women who have suffered complications from the use of a power morcellator in gynecological surgeries may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit in an attempt to recover damages.

If you or a loved-one has incurred cancer or other tumors after undergoing a gynecological procedure involving the use of a power morcellator, you should immediately speak to a products liability lawyer to protect your rights and assert your claim.

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