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.