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Hysterectomy Cancer Lawsuit

Hysterectomy Cancer Lawsuit

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is reviewing hysterectomy cancer lawsuits on behalf of women who developed uterine sarcoma, leiomyosarcoma (LMS), or other aggressive cancers after undergoing a hysterectomy with a morcellator.

What You Can Do & How a Hysterectomy Cancer Lawsuit Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting morcellator induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Hysterectomy Cancer Information

Most women will be diagnosed with uterine fibroids, which are benign growths on the uterus. Every year, hundreds of thousands of women undergo a hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) or myomectomy (surgery to remove fibroids). In about 55,000 – 75,000 patients, a surgical tool called a power morcellator is used to cut up the uterus into tiny pieces, which are then sucked out through the tube.

What is the problem?

The problem is that in some cases, fibroids are actually cancer. About one in 350 women who have a hysterectomy to remove fibroids actually has uterine sarcoma, and about one in 500 has an aggressive form called leiomyosarcoma (LMS).

When a morcellator is used without a protective surgical bag, there is a high chance of leaving bits of tissue behind. If the tissue contains cancerous cells, the morcellator can rapidly spread tumors throughout a woman’s pelvis and abdomen. The risk of spreading cancer is greatly reduced when surgeons use a bag, but they are rarely used because they are considered cumbersome and flimsy.

FDA Safety Warning for Hysterectomy Cancer Risk

In April 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a Safety Warning and recommended against using a morcellator for the treatment of uterine fibroids or hysterectomies:

“If laparoscopic power morcellation is performed in women with unsuspected uterine sarcoma, there is a risk that the procedure will spread the cancerous tissue within the abdomen and pelvis, significantly worsening the patient’s likelihood of long-term survival. For this reason, and because there is no reliable method for predicting whether a woman with fibroids may have a uterine sarcoma, the FDA discourages the use of laparoscopic power morcellation during hysterectomy or myomectomy for uterine fibroids.”

What is the Alternative?

Many women have filed lawsuits alleging that they were never warned about the risk of cancer from a hysterectomy using a morcellator. Furthermore, many say they were never informed that there are safer alternatives.

Morcellators have been promoted as a way to reduce pain, speed up recovery, and leave less scarring. While this is true in comparison to open abdominal surgery, the benefits are less clear when compared to other minimally-invasive laparoscopic techniques.

According to the FDA, alternatives include:

  • Surgical hysterectomy performed vaginally or abdominally
  • Laparoscopic hysterectomy or myomectomy that does not involve morcellation.
  • Catheter-based blocking of the uterine artery.
  • High-intensity focused ultrasound.
  • Drug therapy.

Do I have a Hysterectomy Cancer Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting morcellator induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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