Do Morcellators Cause Endometrial Cancer?
There are studies that have gone on to prove that morcellators are directly linked with having increasing the risk of endometrial cancer in women. Morcellators, in the beginning, were highly sought after for laparoscopic procedures which are surgical procedures that require minimum incisions, which means a faster recovery time from surgery as well as reduced scarring.
Statistics have gone on to state that there have been 50,000 morcellator-involved surgeries per year since its induction into the medical field. It was only until recent that evidence has showed that 1 out of 370 women who have undergone treatment with a morcellator have developed endometrial cancer. This is a cancer that starts in the inner lining of the womb (endometrium) and can be aggressively malignant once the tumors start to develop glands.
As a result of the studies, Johnson & Johnson were forced to recall three kinds of morcellators in 2014. Included in those recalled by the manufacturers are Morcellex Sigma, Gynecare X-Tract, and Gynecare Morcellex. These morcellators were designed to suck out noncancerous growths during laparoscopic surgery procedures and, in theory, they worked. The device would latch on to the growth in question and suck it out through the tube. Even if the pieces of it were to scatter, there was an apparatus involving a small protruding claw that could get even the smallest of scattered pieces. An experienced morcellator lawyer will be aware that this kind of procedure is more often seen when a woman gets a hysterectomy, which is the removal of the womb from her body. However, complications have arisen in recent studies that link use of morcellators with then causing endometrial cancer.
In addition to the recalls, the FDA has discouraged the use of morcellators. If you or someone you know has developed endometrial cancer after having a laparoscopic surgical procedure done with a morcellator, it is recommended that who has the knowhow and experience necessary in dealing with such a case is contacted in order to get the best possible help and representation for your case.