What is a power Morcellator?
Laparoscopic power morcellators are Class II medical devices used during laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgeries to cut tissue into smaller pieces so the tissue can be removed through a small incision site (typically 2 cm long or less).
What is hysteroscopic Morcellation?
Hysteroscopic morcellation is an alternative procedure to hysteroscopic resection for the removal of endometrial polyps and fibroids. There are currently two systems in use, Myosure® and Truclear™.
What is fibroid Morcellation?
Morcellation is a surgical technique used to reduce the size of the uterus or myomas by creating smaller pieces to allow the tissue to be removed through small incisions or with laparoscopic instruments.
Which type of fibroid causes infertility?
For example, submucosal fibroids, a type of a fibroid that grows and bulges into the uterine cavity, increases the risk of infertility and pregnancy loss.
How many incisions are needed for a robotic hysterectomy?
During a robotic hysterectomy, your surgeon makes five small incisions in your abdomen to provide access for surgical tools. Through these incisions, your surgeon detaches your uterus and possibly your ovaries and fallopian tubes from surrounding tissues.
Why are there so many morcellator lawsuits?
Many advocates see morcellator lawsuits as a way to bring awareness to the danger of power morcellators. Dr. Amy Reed and her husband, Dr. Hooman Noorchashm, were the first plaintiffs to speak out about the issues with the device. Reed, a mother of six, had a hysterectomy with a power morcellator in 2013.
Do power morcellators spread uterine cancer?
Women who had hysterectomies and fibroid removals with power morcellators filed lawsuits against manufacturers after, they claim, the devices spread uterine cancer. Johnson & Johnson withdrew three of its devices from the market and litigation is ongoing. So far, J&J has settled several cases for undisclosed amounts.
Did Ethicon fail to warn patients about risks of morcellex morcellator?
New York’s Brenda Leuzzi had a hysterectomy during which her surgeon used an Ethicon Morcellex morcellator. Shortly after the procedure, Leuzzi was diagnosed with acute uterine leiomyosarcoma. Her legal filing states that Ethicon failed to warn her about the risks, complications and adverse events associated with the Morcellex morcellator.