The most serious issue that has risen with the usage of a morcellator, which is a device created by Johnson & Johnson, is when in use, the device spreads undetected cancer. Women who enter the hospital for a hysterectomy or a myomectomy, must go through a test to determine whether they have cancerous cells before beginning surgery. But many of these cells, which are also benign, become cancerous after surgery, or the cancerous cells that are hidden underneath the fibroid is difficult to detect. But when the morcellator is used, the cancerous cells become an irreversible nightmare.
The morcellator is used in surgery to remove fibroid in the uterus of a woman. A small incision is made, which then the morcellator is inserted, and cuts the pieces of fibroid with its scissors, and then the fibroid is taken out. But what happens with the process is that while cutting the fibroid many pieces are spread throughout the uterus, which then becomes metastatic leiomyosarcoma. When a patient gets diagnosed with metastatic leiomyosarcoma after having undergone surgery with a morcellator, the five year survival drops drastically from 50% to a mere 4–16%. A woman from Philadelphia, known as Dr. Amy Reed, has spoken out against the manufacturers and the morcellator. She went in for a routine hysterectomy and was shortly diagnosed with metastatic leiomyosarcoma. She is a mother of six children, and her life has never been the same since the moment she came out of the hospital. She warns about the dangers of using a morcellator in surgery, and that since the cancer was undetectable the usage of a morcellator is extremely dangerous.
Before knowing any of this, many women had surgery with a morcellator because their hospital fee’s were decreased because of fast recovery. Since they don’t have to stay in a hospital for a couple of days due to recovery, they can simply leave the next day. But many women who had surgery with the morcellator may have left the hospital a few days earlier than normal, but the cancerous cells have cost them more than just hospital fees. The morcellator has come under severe scrutiny along with the FDA.
The morcellator was approved by the FDA in a loophole that many manufactures go through in order not to effectively test their product thoroughly. The loophole is called 510(k). This loophole allows manufactures to skip the testing phase of their product to show how effective and safe it is, to only show that the product is “substantially equivalent” to another product that is already on the market and approved by the FDA. Many products that have been approved by the FDA have gone through this loophole and have caused severe damage to the public.
There are also two types of morcellator’s that are manufactured and used by surgeons: Laparoscopic and Hysteroscopic. The laparoscopic is most commonly known as the “open morcellation”. The surgeons insert the morcellator into the abdomen, shred, and remove the tissue. But the shedding of the tissue occurs in a an open environment which then allows the cancerous cells to spread throughout the body. The hysteroscopic is a newer morcellator device which traps the grounded up tissue into a pouch. Some of the manufactures that create different model morcellator’s are:
- Blue Endo – MOREsolution Tissue Morcellator
- Olympus – PlasmaSORD
- Smith & Nephew – Trueclear Hysteroscopic Mocellator
- Nouvag – Morcellator TCM3000BL
- Karl Stroz – Rotocut G1, G2, Steiner, and Sawalhell Supercut Morcellator
- FemRx – Diva Morcellator
- Hologic – MyoSure
- Lumenis Inc. – VersaCut Morcellator
- Ethicon Gynecare – X-Tract
- Ethicon Gynecare – Morcellex Tissue Morcellator
- Ethicon – Morcellex Sigma
- Interlace Medical – Hysteroscopic Morcellator
- Olympus – Gyrus PKS PlasmaSORD
- LiNA Medical – Xcise Cordless Laparoscopic Morcellator
- Richard Wolf – Morce-Power 2306 Electronic Morcellator
Many women who get diagnosed with metastatic leiomyosarcoma, which is a uterine sarcoma that is in the severest stage of cancer growth, are seeking justice against the manufactures of the morcellator. The law offices of Bobby Garcia are handling cases in which women’s lives have been endangered because of the morcellator. Many women are seeking justice and compensation from these manufacturers, and with a free consultation Bobby Garcia can help. He won’t stop till you and your loved ones have been compensated for the damages that were done by the morcellator and the manufacturers.