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What Is a Morcellator Device?

medical device problemsMorcellator devices recently made headlines when the Food and Drug Administration recommended that surgeons stop using these devices during the removal of the uterus or uterine fibroids. This news has left many people asking what these devices are and how they endanger patients.

Risks of the Morcellator Device

A >morcellator device is commonly used to divide and remove tissue during laparoscopic surgery. With the device, it is easy to penetrate the abdomen wall and extract excess tissue. For most patients, morcellation is considered minimally invasive, and it can be effective at removing bulky specimens from the abdomen. It is particularly effective at treating uterine fibroids. However, new research indicates that there are risks associated with this technique.

When Day Surgery Turns Deadly: Cancer After Morcellation

morcellator device warningEthicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has temporarily ceased all sales, distribution and marketing of its laparoscopic power morcellators, medical devices which are used to treat patients suffering from uterine fibroids. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the devices may cause cancerous tissue to spread throughout the abdomen in women who have a type of pelvic cancer known as uterine leiomyosarcoma. If women suffering from undetectable uterine leiomyosarcoma undergo a laparoscopic power morcellation procedure, their chances of surviving the cancer are greatly reduced.

Getting Compensation for Defective Medical Devices

medical-device-2One of the benefits of living in a first-world country is access to quality medical care, including cutting-edge medical devices such as pacemakers and hip replacements. However, while these inventions often help people bounce back after facing a debilitating disease or injury, there are instances in which medical device problems can arise. When this happens, people who have been injured through the use of defective medical devices may want to recover some of their losses by suing the product's manufacturer and any other negligent parties.

The Dangers Associated With Faulty Medical Devices

medical device problemsMedical devices commonly provide life changing benefits; unfortunately they can also cause significant harm in some circumstances. The manufacturers of prescription drugs and medical devices are expected to meet the highest standards in terms of safety, effectiveness, and overall quality. Failure to live up to these expectations can prove to be life altering--or even fatal--for those who depend on them. Regrettably, medical device problems are a consistent occurrence in healthcare today - one that can affect anyone.

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