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Woman blames power morcellator surgical tool for cancer spread

morcellator Woman blames power morcellator surgical tool for cancer spreadA California woman is suing Gyrus ACMI alleging the company’s power morcellator surgical tool used during a hysterectomy caused cancer to spread throughout her abdomen.

Lisa Nielsen filed a lawsuit last month in federal court claiming she did not know when she had a hysterectomy that she had uterine cancer. During her surgery, her doctor used a power morcellator, which is used to grind up and remove uterine fibroids or entire uteruses.

Nielsen’s lawsuit claims that the process of grinding her uterus caused cancer cells to spread throughout her uterus. More than a year after her hysterectomy, she was diagnosed with seven cancerous tumors in her abdomen. Her treatment included more surgeries and chemotherapy, and she must be continuously monitored for new tumors.

Nielsen claism she learned that the tumors in her abdomen existed because the Gyrus Power Morcellator had been used during her hysterectomy. “That surgery disseminated the cancer cells that were in her uterine fibroids,” her lawsuit claims. Nielsen says she was never warned tht her fibroids could be cancerous or that using the power morcellator could spread her cancer.

Last April, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety warning that power morcellation for the removal of uterine fibroids or entire uteruses could have deadly consequences.

“If laparoscopic power morcellation is performed in women with unsuspected uterine sarcoma, there is a risk that the procedure will spread the cancerous tissue within the abdomen and pelvis, significantly worsening the patient’s likelihood of long-term survival. For this reason, and because there is no reliable method for predicting whether a woman with fibroids may have a uterine sarcoma, the FDA discourages the use of laparoscopic power morcellation during hysterectomy or myomectomy for uterine fibroids,” the FDA said in a statement.

Attorneys with Beasley Allen Law Firm are currently investigating cases of uterine cancer, also called uterine sarcoma, in women who have undergone procedures with power morcellator devices.

Source: Courthouse News Service