Boston Man Looks Back on Year-Long Campaign to End Power Morcellator Surgery
A Boston man whose efforts to stop power morcellator surgery in the U.S. were prompted by his wife’s life-threatening uterine cancer diagnosis last October says his family is now beginning to recover.
“We think we’ve landed on our feet. It’s been a whirlwind for almost the past year now,” he recently told ABC News, almost a year after launching a campaign that has since garnered thousands of supporters. Dr. Hooman Noorchasm, a cardio-thoracic surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, began raising awareness about power morcellator dangers after he found out the uterine leiomyosarcoma his wife developed was spread after surgery to remove fibroids in her uterus.
“Within minutes of hearing of my wife’s diagnosis, I just knew this was wrong,” he tells ABC News.
After weeks of talking to doctors and learning more about the risks associated with power morcellator procedures, Noorchasm stopped working to commit more time to helping ban them. Two Boston hospitals, as well as Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital agreed to review the safety issues surrounding power morcellators in the months that followed, according to a report from MyCentralOregon.com. Numerous power morcellator lawsuits were also filed in U.S. courts.
J&J Takes Ethicon Power Morcellators off the Market
Fast-forward a few months, and the couple’s efforts have raised concerns from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), who in April 2014 advised doctors against using them in laparoscopic hysterectomy and fibroid removal surgeries. Among other things, the agency warned that 1 in every 350 women undergoing fibroid removal surgery may have undetected uterine sarcoma or another cancer that is often not detected until after the fibroids are removed and biopsied. At that point, the disease could have spread outside the uterus and into the peritoneal cavity. Johnson & Johnson suspended sales of power morcellators distributed by its subsidiary, Ethicon Inc. following the federal warning, before removing them from the market completely at the end of July.
As of August 13th, the Change.org petition launched by Noorchasm and his wife to ban this type of gynecologic surgery had 55,490 signatures.
“I basically used the same intensity I brought to work and focused it on this,” he said. “What you’re seeing here is a large volume of time and non-stop sustained [work] in order to make a change.”
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Call an attorney today at (877) 779-1414 if you were diagnosed with uterine cancer after a fibroid removal surgery, and may now be eligible to file a lawsuit.