Every year, 600,000 women undergo hysterectomy or fibroid removal. In 1993, a new device came out to make these procedures easier called a morcellator. The morcellator cuts the uterus in smaller pieces inside of the abdomen in order to remove the uterus by less invasive means. In April 2014, the FDA issued a warning with findings that 1 in every 350 women who are having a hysterectomy or myomectomy for fibroids have a type of uterine cancer. If a morcellator is used in these women, the device can spread the cancer within the abdomen and pelvis, making survival less likely. Some women that have had these procedures had cancers they were not aware of.
ETHICON 360 RECALL
After the FDA warning for morcellators, in July 2015, the leading supplier of this device, Ethicon 360 by Johnson and Johnson, stopped selling the device until they can find a safe way to use it.
YOU HAVE A CASE
If you had a hysterectomy or fibroid removal performed with a morcellator
If you did not have metastatic cancer but developed any of the following within 1-2 years:
- Cancer throughout the abdomen
- Abnormal growth of fibroids or similar tissue in abdomen
IF YOU DON’T KNOW IF A MORCELLATOR WAS USED
You could also have a case if your doctor used a minimally invasive procedure called Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery (MIGS), in which the uterus or fibroid was removed through the belly button. If your doctor did not perform MIGS and you still don’t know if a morcellator was used, our firm can help you find out from your doctor.
Contact The Carlson Law Firm
If you or a loved one have suffered any of these injuries, contact a personal injury attorney to see if you are entitled to financial compensation.