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Power Morcellator

If you were harmed by power morcellation, let us be your advocate

Maine Power Morcellator Lawyers

Doctors have been using laparoscopic power morcellation (LPM) for gynecological surgery since the 1990s, most often to remove fibroids, or to remove uterine tissue during a hysterectomy. The technique uses a small rotating blade and was considered a less invasive alternative to other procedures for uterus or fibroid removal.

Unfortunately, LPM was recently linked to increased risk of cancer. In 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning that discourages the use of LPM, as it may spread cancer cells. Johnson & Johnson and other manufacturers stopped making power morcellators as a result of this dangerous connection.

For more information about uterine fibroid procedure risks, please see this video by the Wall Street Journal.

Working in collaboration with other national law firms, Berman & Simmons is handling claims involving women who were diagnosed with cancer after a gynecological surgery (myomectomy or hysterectomy) involving laparoscopic power morcellation. There are strict statutes of limitations in medical device lawsuits, so it’s important to get in touch with us as soon as possible if you believe you have a Maine power morcellator lawsuit.

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Power morcellators can spread undiagnosed cancer

Power morcellators are essentially tiny rotating blades. When these devices are used by surgeons to remove uterine tissue or fibroids, they can spread fragments of tissue throughout the patient’s abdominal and pelvic region. For patients who have undiagnosed cancer inside the uterus, this procedure can spread cancer cells. Women with uterine cancer have far lower survival rates after cancer has been disturbed by the use of a power morcellator.

There are several types of cancer that can be spread by morcellation, including:

  • Leiomyosarcoma. Often called LMS cancer, Leiomyosarcoma, is an aggressive form of cancer that is difficult to treat if it spreads in or outside the uterus. Research shows power morcellation can rapidly accelerate LMS cancer from Stage I to Stage IV.
  • Endometrial stroma sarcoma. Known as ESS, endometrial stromal sarcomas are rare malignant tumors of the endometrium, the inner lining of the uterus. This cancer usually occurs in women over the age of 40.
  • Uterine carcinosarcoma. This type of cancer starts in the endometrium and has featured in common with both carcinomas and sarcomas. This is also known as malignant mixed mesodermal tumors or malignant mixed mullerian tumors.

Studies and investigations about the risks of power morcellators

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What compensation can I receive if I was harmed by a power morcellator?

Under state and federal law, victims of dangerous medical devices have the right to recover financial damages for various categories of loss, including:

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    Pain, suffering, and emotional distress, past and future

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    Interference with your enjoyment of life

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    Medical expenses, past and future

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    Time lost from work

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    Loss of future earnings

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    Wrongful death damages (for the estate)