Device Used by Gynecologists Carries Cancer Risk
Medicine can perform many miracles but there are inherent risks in the latest technology. Women trust their gynecologists to make decisions and use equipment that is risk free. Their trust is not always warranted.
That is why I was alarmed to read in the Wall Street Journal about how many gynecologists are continuing to use a device called a laparoscopic power morcellator. In April, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered the halt of production of the device after it revised the risk of the spread of cancer by the tool to 1 in 350 women. Most in the industry put it anywhere between 1 in 300 and 1 in 1,000 though the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists put the risk at 1 in 7,400. What can happen is that when the device is used to remove fibroids is that it can sometimes cut up undetected cancers and cause them to spread throughout the uterus and thus spreading cancer, the Wall Street Journal reported.
That is not to say other methods of removing fibroids are not risky. Other methods of removing fibroids are more invasive and thus are more prone to infection and other complications that can sometimes be more harmful on average than the potential harm from undetected cancers. Unfortunately, neither the FDA nor any industry groups have any estimates on how many gynecologists continue to use this potentially deadly device but they do know it is still likely to still be widely used.
Drugs and medical devices are supposed to protect us but we have seen a number of high level failures in recent years that have led to complications, injury and even death and a flood of lawsuits. They include:
- Burns and other serious injuries linked to the Da Vinci robot system in hospitals
- The failure of thousands of artificial hips manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and Stryker, leading to massive legal payouts.
- Transvaginal mesh products that caused serious injuries to women.
- The diabetes drug Actos that has been linked to thousands of cases of bladder cancer.
If you have had a laparoscopic power morcellator used on you and have since been diagnosed with uterine cancer, you have a legal right to seek compensation from the manufacturer for your medical bills and other expenses, including pain and suffering as well as from the doctor who performed the procedure. If you need help or advice about a serious injury or medical device or malpractice claim, please talk to our experienced defective medical device attorneys (757) 455 -0077 or visit us at CooperHurley.com.