Minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery is growing in popularity across general medicine and many clinical areas of speciality including pulmonology, cardiology, and gynecology. To create both more space to maneuver and clear visuals within the incision site, a surgeon will often use a gas or fluid along with monitoring instruments such as an ultrasound, microscope, or endoscope. While minimally invasive techniques may potentially lead to shorter recovery times and minimize patient trauma over traditional open surgery, many surgical techniques are difficult to accomplish through the small incision sites used in these procedures.
Power Morcellators are surgical devices used during laparoscopic or robotic surgeries to cut or sever large masses of tissue so that they can be more easily removed from the internal surgical site. Serious risks associated with the devices have led the FDA to discourage the use of power morcellators during hysterectomy and myomectomy and discuss the possibility of an outright ban. As a response, Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson and a major power morcellator manufacturer,suspended worldwide sales pending further study.
Morcellator Side Effects
In addition to the risk of developing cancer, some of the common side effects associated with power morcellators include, Bleeding or infection, bowel obstruction, bruising, fibroid reoccurrence, oozing at incision site, organ damage, pain at incision site, pelvic and abdominal pain, muscle soreness, and absess.
What are my options as a user of a Morcellator?
If you or a loved one has experienced a side effect as a result of the use of a Power Morcellator you may be entitled to compensation. There are typically time limits that affected consumers have to file a claim, and there’s no cost to see if you’re one of the thousands of people eligible to participate.FREE CASE REVIEW
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