uterine cancer after hysterectomy with power morcellator

 power morcellator

NOVEMBER 2015 – Surgeries using power morcellators have transformed treatable conditions into a death sentence. For one Texas family, this nightmare became all too real. A mother of three died from cancer that spread after her hysterectomy was performed using power morcellation. It all began when the OB/GYN discovered a possible tumor in the patient’s uterus. After the surgery, the tumor was diagnosed as leiomyosarcoma. After three months of chemotherapy, the cancer spread to the abdominal wall. The patient passed away less than a year later. Similar stories of cancer spreading after surgery using power morcellation are reported to our firm daily.
 
Legal Commentary
The Food and Drug Administration determined that power morcellators cannot be made safer. Johnson & Johnson, previously the largest manufacturer of morcellators, has pulled their version of the device from the market. Many hospitals are no longer using the device in hysterectomies. Currently, more than 20 lawsuits against the manufacturers of the device have been filed in 16 different federal courts. Additionally more than 300 cases against the manufacturers of power morcellators are currently pending. 
 
Previously undiagnosed cancer or malignancies can spread after surgical procedures using power morcellators. According to the FDA, as many as 1 in 350 women could have undiagnosed uterine sarcoma that can be spread during morcellation. For patients, this can be a costly, painful and potentially deadly complication. Our firm represents families who are the victims of the complications from a variety of surgical tools, including the power morcellator. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems following surgery involving the use of the power morcellator, we encourage you to consult with one of our attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm through our website at cases.fnlawfirm.com/morcellation, by emailing Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at +1.866.485.6886.
 
About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer who is focused on representing victims and families harmed by dangerous products nationwide. Mr. Nachawati has successfully resolved numerous cases that resulted in seven-and-eight-figure confidential settlements. He serves on numerous prominent legal organizations’ boards and committees, including: The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas, Texas Trial Lawyers Association Board of Directors, Board of Directors for Public Justice, and a Leaders’ Forum. Mr. Nachawati is also a PAC member of the American Association for Justice. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Courts of Texas and Arkansas, and well as most federal courts in the nation. Mr. Nachawati also holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for six consecutive years in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati can be reached through his website at cases.fnlawfirm.com/morcellation, by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling +1.866.485.6886.

OCTOBER 2015 – U.S. lawmakers are planning to launch an investigation into the FDA regulation of power morcellators. The U.S. Government Accountability Office has agreed to probe into FDA oversight of power morcellators. Although the GAO does not comment on ongoing investigations, it could take some time to complete the probe. Less than a year ago, the FDA stepped up its oversight of the surgical devices, due to the risk of previously undetected cancers spreading, such as uterine sarcoma following uterine surgeries. The investigation is leading some changes in the healthcare industry, such as private health insurers, such as Aetna dropping coverage for any surgeries using power morcellation. 

 
Legal Commentary
The Food and Drug Administration determined that power morcellators cannot be made safer. Johnson & Johnson, previously the largest manufacturer of morcellators, has pulled their version of the device from the market. Many hospitals are no longer using the device in hysterectomies. Currently, more than 20 lawsuits against the manufacturers of the device have been filed in 16 different federal courts. Additionally more than 300 cases against the manufacturers of power morcellators are currently pending. 
 
Previously undiagnosed cancer or malignancies can spread after surgical procedures using power morcellators. According to the FDA, as many as 1 in 350 women could have undiagnosed uterine sarcoma that can be spread during morcellation. For patients, this can be a costly, painful and potentially deadly complication. Our firm represents families who are the victims of the complications from a variety of surgical tools, including the power morcellator. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems following surgery involving the use of the power morcellator, we encourage you to consult with one of our attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm through our website at cases.fnlawfirm.com/morcellation, by emailing Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at +1.866.485.6886.
 
About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer who is focused on representing victims and families harmed by dangerous products nationwide. Mr. Nachawati has successfully resolved numerous cases that resulted in seven-and-eight-figure confidential settlements. He serves on numerous prominent legal organizations’ boards and committees, including: The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas, Texas Trial Lawyers Association Board of Directors, Board of Directors for Public Justice, and a Leaders’ Forum. Mr. Nachawati is also a PAC member of the American Association for Justice. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Courts of Texas and Arkansas, and well as most federal courts in the nation. Mr. Nachawati also holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for six consecutive years in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati can be reached through his website at cases.fnlawfirm.com/morcellation, by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling +1.866.485.6886.

 

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SEPTEMBER 2015 – Viviana D. Ruscitto passed away on September 3, 2015 after a struggle with cancer that was suspected to have been spread following surgery using a power morcellator. Ms. Ruscitto was only 43 years old. Patients like Ms. Ruscitto are fatally harmed by the power morcellator, when previously undiagnosed and contained cancer is spread throughout the abdomen. The dangerous device cuts and shreds tissue during hysterectomies so that it can be removed through a tiny opening during minimally invasive surgeries. Ms. Ruscitto was diagnosed with Stage 4 leiomyosarcoma, and she did not survive.   
 
The Food and Drug Administration determined that power morcellators cannot be made safer. Johnson & Johnson, previously the largest manufacturer of morcellators, has pulled their version of the device from the market. Many hospitals are no longer using the device in hysterectomies. Currently, more than 20 lawsuits against the manufacturers of the device have been filed in 16 different federal courts. Additionally, more than 300 cases against the manufacturers of power morcellators are currently pending. 
 
Legal Commentary 
Previously undiagnosed cancer or malignancies can spread after surgical procedures using power morcellators. According to the FDA, as many as 1 in 350 women could have undiagnosed uterine sarcoma that can be spread during morcellation. For patients, this can be a costly, painful and potentially deadly complication. Our firm represents families who are the victims of the complications from a variety of surgical tools, including the power morcellator. If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems following surgery involving the use of the power morcellator, we encourage you to consult with one of our attorneys as soon as possible. A successful civil claim will help compensate the victims for the costly medical expenses, their pain, suffering, and lost wages for time missed from work. Further questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm through our website at cases.fnlawfirm.com/morcellation, by emailing Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at +1.866.485.6886.
 
About the Author
Majed Nachawati is a preeminent Pharmaceutical Products Liability Lawyer who is focused on representing victims and families harmed by dangerous products nationwide. Mr. Nachawati has successfully resolved numerous cases that resulted in seven-and-eight-figure confidential settlements. He serves on numerous prominent legal organizations’ boards and committees, including: The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas, Texas Trial Lawyers Association Board of Directors, Board of Directors for Public Justice, and a Leaders’ Forum. Mr. Nachawati is also a PAC member of the American Association for Justice. He is licensed to practice before the Supreme Courts of Texas and Arkansas, and well as most federal courts in the nation. Mr. Nachawati also holds specific licenses in the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Texas Monthly Magazine for six consecutive years in connection with pharmaceutical injury cases. Mr. Nachawati can be reached through his website at cases.fnlawfirm.com/morcellation, by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by calling +1.866.485.6886.