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Settlement reached in da Vinci robot lawsuit

Intuitive Surgical Inc., has reached a settlement agreement in a $30 million lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed the company’s medical robot called the da Vinci robot, used to assist with her hysterectomy procedure tore a hole in her vaginal wall, causing her bowels to fall out of her body. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but plaintiff Michelle Zarick was seeking more than $43,000 in medical expenses, $5 million to $10 million in past pain and suffering, and $10 million to $20 million for future pain and suffering. Zarick had requested $300 million in pretrial hearings. The ... Read More

Woman says Essure birth control caused chronic pelvic pain

When Deidre Clark Futo went to her doctor complaining of menstrual problems, she was adamant about not wanting a hysterectomy. But something needed to be done about her menstrual problems and premenstrual syndrome. Her doctor recommended she undergo endometrial ablation (removal of the lining of the uterus) and be implanted with the Essure nonsurgical permanent contraceptive device. Futo says she never agreed to the Essure implant. Yet, when she woke after the ablation procedure, she discovered she had been given the birth control method. It was the start of new problems for Futo. Essure was approved in 2002 and remains ... Read More

Women diagnosed with cancer after hysterectomy may be entitled to compensation

Attorneys with Beasley Allen Law Firm are investigating cases of new cancer diagnoses following hysterectomy or uterine fibroid removal. A surgical tool called a power morcellator used in some laparoscopic gynecological procedures has been linked to spreading previously undiagnosed uterine cancer, making the disease more difficult to treat and, ultimately, worsening the odds of survival. Power morcellators are medical devices fitted with a tube-like blade that shreds the uterus or uterine growths into small bits within the uterine cavity. Those bits are removed by the morcellator through a small incision in the abdomen. Power morcellator procedures for hysterectomies and myomectomies (uterine ... Read More

Fewer power morcellator procedures, more complications since FDA warning

In the months since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that surgical tools called power morcellators used in laparoscopic hysterectomies could cause the spread of undetected uterine cancer and, thus, worsen the woman’s odds of survival, the number of minimally invasive hysterectomies has dropped, according to a study conducted by the University of Michigan and published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. The report also found a near-quarter increase in hospital readmissions and 27 percent increase in major postoperative complications after hysterectomies. Power morcellators are surgical tools fitted with a tube-like blade that shreds uterine fibroids or ... Read More

Power morcellation cost effective, but you may pay with your life

Power morcellation procedures for hysterectomies are more cost-effective than other procedures used to remove uteruses, according to a study published in The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, but the risk of spreading and worsening undiagnosed uterine cancer makes using the devices a dangerous cost-saving option. Power morcellation uses a medical device fitted with a long blade that minces the entire uterus or uterine fibroids inside the abdominal cavity and removes them through a small incision. The procedure has been preferred by doctors over open surgeries not only because it is more cost-effective, but also because it is less invasive, leaves less scar ... Read More

Woman who fought to ban power morcellator faces cancer recurrence

The doctor who launched a campaign to ban a commonly used gynecology surgical tool called a power morcellator because it can spread undetected uterine cancer and worsen a woman’s odds of survival, announced she has suffered a recurrence of the deadly disease. Amy Reed, 41, did not set out to be an advocate for women’s health issues. The issue sort of fell into her lap. Reed, an anesthesiologist, and her husband, a heart surgeon, live in Pennsylvania with their six children. In October 2013, Reed underwent a hysterectomy to remove what doctors thought were benign uterine fibroids. Doctors removed her uterus using ... Read More

Isolation bags may lower cancer-spread risk with power morcellation but create new risks

Using isolation bags during power morcellation procedures is feasible and may help protect against the risk of cancer spread during minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, according to a study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. “Methods for morcellating uterine tissue in a contained manner may provide an option to minimize the risks of open power morcellation while preserving the benefits of minimally invasive surgery,” the study’s authors wrote. Power morcellation is a procedure using a surgical tool that minces uterine fibroids or entire uteruses inside the body and removes them through a small incision in the abdomen. The procedure has ... Read More

Uterine cancer survival good but morcellation increases cancer spreading risk

Uterine cancer is the most common gynecological cancer, and the fourth most common cancer in women behind breast, lung and colon cancers. An estimated 53,000 cases of uterine cancer were diagnosed in 2014 with about 9,000 deaths. The disease has a high five-year survival rate – 81.5 percent. With early detection and treatment, the five-year survival increases to 95 percent. The No. 1 treatment for the disease is hysterectomy, which is often performed with less invasive techniques including laparoscopy. However, women should discuss the risks associated with these procedures as some may increase the risk of cancer spread. Uterine cancer ... Read More

Major hospital chain bans power morcellation for gynecological surgeries

HCA Holdings Inc., a for-profit chain of about 160 hospitals and 115 surgery centers in 20 states, announced it will no longer perform gynecological surgery using a laparoscopic power morcellator tool after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that using the surgical device could spread cancer and worsen a woman’s odds of survival. Power morcellators are drill-like surgical tools that are used to mince uterine fibroids or entire uteruses inside the body and remove them through small incisions in the abdomen. Since the tools were introduced in the 1990s, they have been favored by many doctors because they are ... Read More

Widowers angry with FDA for not banning laparoscopic power morcellation

Two widowers say they are disappointed in the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision not to ban a surgical tool blamed for worsening their wives’ uterine cancer. After months of deliberation, the agency opted instead to add a black box warning on laparoscopic power morcellation for the removal of uteruses or uterine fibroids, and to strongly discourage surgeons from using the devices for these procedures. “It’s weak,” said Frank Interlichia, whose wife Linda died two weeks ago. “It still leaves a lot of room for more women to be hurt. I don’t know what they’re waiting for. I wish they could ... Read More