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Power morcellator malpractice suits against Brigham and Women’s Hospital allowed to proceed

Two medical malpractice lawsuits filed against Brigham & Women’s Hospital will be allowed to proceed after the Boston hospital chose not to contest plaintiffs’ offers of proof. The lawsuits are related to the gynecological medical device known as a power morcellator, the manufacturers of which face dozens of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Power morcellators are surgical tools that are fitted with a long, tube-like blade that shreds uterine fibroids or entire uteruses within the body and removes the tissue through a small incision in the abdomen. The devices are preferred over open surgery for hysterectomies or myomectomies (uterine fibroid ... Read More

Containment systems for power morcellator procedures may leak

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a first-of-its-kind containment system for use in isolating and containing uterine tissue removed during hysterectomies or myomectomies (uterine fibroid removal) during controversial power morcellation procedures in an effort to reduce the risk of spreading undetected cancer. However, a recent cohort study found that spills or leaks occurred nearly 10 percent of the time when containment systems were used. The study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, involved 76 women who underwent power morcellator procedures with containment systems. Researchers found spills and leaks occurred in 9.2 percent of the cases. ... Read More

Could other companies start settling power morcellator lawsuits?

Johnson & Johnson, maker of about three quarters of the controversial power morcellator devices used to perform hysterectomies, is raising eyebrows of other power morcellator manufacturers by settling personal injury claims over cancer spread. But those other companies have yet to enter into any agreements with clients. Johnson & Johnson discontinued sales of its power morcellator in July 2014 following concerns that the device could spread undiagnosed uterine cancer. Since then, the company has settled about 70 lawsuits and is working to resolve even more. The news comes just months after the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated several morcellator ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson has begun settling power morcellator lawsuits

Just months after about 100 lawsuits alleging cancer spread risks with a power morcellator device used to perform hysterectomies were consolidated by a judicial panel, Johnson & Johnson has begun settlement talks with some plaintiffs, a lead plaintiffs attorney has confirmed to Law360. Johnson & Johnson has settled several of the lawsuits, but the number of cases the company faces is expected to climb as more injury claims are being investigated across the country. The lawsuits allege that power morcellators were causing the spread of undetected cancer, making the disease more difficult to treat and worsening the odds of survival. ... Read More

Medical device company settles power morcellator lawsuit

Donna Burkhart believed that a minimally invasive hysterectomy would be the answer to the heavy bleeding she was experiencing, presumably caused by uterine fibroids. But the surgery left her in even worse health. Donna’s hysterectomy was performed in March 2012 using a power morcellator, a laprascopic surgical tool fitted with a tube-like blade that minces uterine fibroids or entire uteruses within the body and removes the tissue through a small incision in the abdomen. The procedure was recommended over open surgery because it was less invasive, left less scarring and offered shorter recovery. What doctors didn’t realize is that Donna ... Read More

Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick became an advocate for women’s health

During his four terms in office, U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick has focused on policy issues like national security and taxes. But in recent years he’s become a champion for women’s health. Fitzpatrick’s focus changed in 2014, when was approached during a Christmas parade by cardiac surgeon Hooman Noorchashm and his wife, anesthesiologist Amy Reed. During their hour-long chat, Noorchashm and Reed told Fitzpatrick a disturbing tale about a medical device used to perform hysterectomies and uterine fibroid removals that had been linked to the spread of an aggressive form of uterine cancer. The couple was became aware of the problem ... Read More

Husband’s efforts curb use of dangerous power morcellator gynecological device

Doctors treating Dr. Amy Reed’s rare form of uterine cancer are experimenting with immune therapies in hopes of keeping the anesthesiologist alive. She and her husband, Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, have been advocating for the ban of a gynecological medical device they say caused the spread of her uterine sarcoma, called leiomyosarcoma. “The irony has not escaped us that we both did our PhDs in immunology,” she told Philly.com. “We speak the scientific language and are uniquely posted to fight this.” Reed has undergone numerous surgeries and chemotherapy treatments to fight the disease, but she was at a sore disadvantage when ... Read More

Doctors petition FDA to loosen power morcellator restrictions

Nearly four dozen physicians signed an open letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the agency to rethink its decision to place restrictions on power morcellator devices used to perform hysterectomies and myomectomies (uterine fibroid removals), and empower women with the freedom to make their own decisions with their surgeons as to which procedure is right for them. “I think physicians should understand that there is certainly a safety concern with morcellation and they need to use caution to minimize the risk of inadvertently morcellating a precancerous or cancerous lesion,” said Dr. Jason Wright, with the Columbia University ... Read More

Study analyzing cost-effectiveness of power morcellation raises ire among cancer victims

Minimally invasive, laparoscopic power morcellation is a more cost-effective alternative to open surgery for hysterectomies and myomectomies (uterine fibroid removal), but the surgical tools can spread undiagnosed uterine cancer, worsening the odds of survival, according to a study published in a recent issue of The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. The study adds more fuel to the raging firestorm surrounding power morcellation devices. The gynecological tools are fitted with a long blade that minces uterine growths or entire uteruses inside the body and removes the tissue through a small incision in the abdomen. The procedures have been favored over open ... Read More

Cancer spread with power morcellators among 2015 top medical news

A medical device used to perform laparoscopic hysterectomies and myomectomies (uterine fibroid removals) was among Medscape’s top news-making events this year in the Ezine’s annual “The Year in Medicine.” Medscape’s recap of “News That Made a Difference” identifies which medical news and events affected health care professionals the most during the year. The topics are identified by readers, the majority of whom represent the medical community. The list includes a gynecological tool called a power morcellator. In September, federal investigators launched a probe into the risk of cancer spread with power morcellators, surgical tools used to perform laparoscopic hysterectomies and ... Read More