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Widower sues hospital, surgeon, power morcellator maker

The widower of a woman who died after undergoing a hysterectomy involving a controversial power morcellator surgical tool has filed a lawsuit against the medical device manufacturer, the prominent medical center where the operation took place, and the surgeon who performed the procedure. Rick Kaitz is suing Brigham and Women’s Hospital, medical device maker Karl Storz GmBH & Co. KG, and surgeon Jon Einarsson for wrongful death. He claims the parties were aware that power morcellation surgery could spread undiagnosed cancer, worsening the odds of survival. Yet, his wife Erica Kaitz was never warned of these dangers. She died December ... Read More

Surgeon takes on power morcellator maker in fight to ban the devices

A German medical device company that manufactures controversial power morcellators – surgical tools used during some gynecological procedures – has issued a “cease and desist” letter warning a U.S. surgeon to stop his campaign to ban the surgeries for most women because the device has been shown to spread undetected uterine cancer, worsening women’s odds of survival. Power morcellators are surgical tools fitted with a long blade that shred uterine fibroids or entire uteruses inside the body and remove them through a small incision in the abdomen. The procedures have been favored by some doctors over open surgeries because they ... Read More

3 surgical tools that can make you sick

Some specialized surgical tools used to diagnose and treat various medical conditions can sicken and even worsen the odds of survival in some patients, according to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Safety Alerts issued in recent months. Patients undergoing procedures with these surgical tools are advised to discuss with their doctors the risks and benefits of using these devices, and whether proper measures are being taken to ensure their safety. Duodenoscopes – These specialized endoscopes have flexible parts that are fed down a patient’s throat to treat gallstones, cancers and other digestive system problems. More than 500,000 duodenoscope procedures are ... Read More

Four dangerous medical devices that have impacted women’s health

Medical devices have helped improve the quality of our lives, but it is up to individual patients to research the risks and benefits of these devices before undergoing any procedure. In particular, several medical devices in recent years have had a negative impact on women’s health. Here is a list of four medical devices that have been associated with serious and sometimes fatal complications. Laparoscopic Power Morcellators – These devices hit the market in 1991 offering less invasive removal of uteruses and fibroid growths than traditional open surgeries for hysterectomies and myomectomies. Power morcellators shred the uteruses or fibroid tumors inside ... Read More

Couple files first morcellator lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon

The first lawsuit out of what could potentially swell to a body of hundreds or more similar cases was filed against Johnson & Johnson unit Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc. Thursday by a woman who alleges the company’s morcellator tool, commonly used to remove uterine fibroid tissue and growths, caused her to develop cancer after a 2012 surgical procedure. Plaintiffs Brenda Leuzzi  and her husband George Leuzzi filed the lawsuit in a New York federal court, claiming Ethicon failed to adequately test its Morcelex tool for safety before selling its line of morcellator products. The company began selling morcellators in 1998 as ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson suspends uterine surgery tool amid concerns of cancer risks

Johnson & Johnson is suspending sales of its uterine surgery tool following concerns that the device can cause the spread of deadly cancer. Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Ethicon is the largest maker of power morcellators, which are devices commonly used to remove uterine growths, or fibroids. The announcement comes two weeks after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned doctors that 1 in 350 women develop a type of cancer known as uterine sarcoma after undergoing procedures with the device, which can also lessen their odds of long-term survival. Morcellators are typically used with a tube-shaped blade that grinds up and ... Read More