The Alarming Connection between Power Morcellators and Uterine Cancer

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Uterine fibroids refer to noncancerous tumors that grow in the uterus and can cause symptoms like bloating, heavier and more painful menstruation, cramping in the lower back and pelvic area, frequent urination, painful intercourse, and even fertility problems. It is a common medical problem for women in their reproductive age and, thanks to advances in pharmaceutical technology, can be easily solved through non-invasive surgery.

The surgical tool that allows doctors to cut down and shred uterine fibroids through a small incision is called a power morcellator. Through a process called morcellation, these surgical tools work by using fast-spinning blades to slice up fibroid tissues, which then allows doctors to extract the shredded fibroids laparoscopically. While it may work effective for extracting benign tumors from the uterus, the problem with this method becomes evident when a patient turns out to have undetected cancerous growth. In such situations, morcellation causes the cancer to spread and advances the patient’s illness.

This is exactly what happened to a Philadelphia doctor last 2013. Dr. Amy Reed was supposed to go through a routine fibroid removal. What ended up happening after she’d gone through the surgery was her undetected cancerous growths were broken down and spread by morcellation. It’s because of Dr. Reed and women like her that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have attached significant risk to the use of morcellators.

According to uterine cancer lawsuit attorneys of Williams Kherkher, top manufacturers of power morcellators have already gone ahead and pulled some of their products off the market. There’s also been some effort to reduce the risk of morcellation through the use of a containment bag that could prevent the spread of cancerous fragments. Still, these efforts come a little too late for many women that are already suffering due to the dangerous connection between morcellators and uterine cancer.

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