To say one Colorado chemist now considers herself lucky would be an understatement. After stumbling across a Wall Street Journal article about a surgical tool now involved in several morcellator lawsuit claims, she asked her doctor to reconsider using it in a hysterectomy she was about to undergo—a decision that may have saved her life.

“I think my initial reaction was, ‘Oh, this is rare,'” her surgeon now tells the Journal. “But I tucked it away in the back of my head. If a patient doesn’t want something, that’s their right.”

The procedure was scheduled for March, a month before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publicly advised surgeons to avoid morcellator-assisted gynecological surgeries. According to the public health alert on April 17th, roughly 1 in 350 women who undergo fibroid-removal surgeries have undiagnosed uterine sarcoma within their fibroids.

The Journal article on May 21st indicates that the woman’s surgeon went on to remove her uterus vaginally, after which her pathology report revealed the presence of endometrial stromal sarcoma.

The 53-year old is now cancer-free, which her doctor says would likely not have been the case if a morcellator was involved in the hysterectomy. “Using a morcellator would have saved me 30 minutes of surgery, but it would have ultimately been much worse for her prognosis.”

Doctors Find Uterine Sarcoma after Vaginal Hysterectomy

That’s because the bladed devices may spread uterine sarcoma within the abdominal cavity and pelvis, making it more difficult to locate and treat, the Journal reports. As a result, the patient’s rate of survival is likely to decrease significantly.

The surgeon quoted in this article says the FDA’s recent alert about morcellator risks has made him and other doctors more mindful of how they can conduct minimally-invasive operations. “Maybe we should be more careful. We tend to jump on the latest and greatest and then later on revisit,” he said.

Court documents indicate that several uterine sarcoma lawsuits have already been filed on behalf of women whose cancer may have spread because of a power morcellator. Most recently, a claim brought to California federal court on May 13th alleges that the device promoted the distribution of uterine cancer cells throughout the patient’s body.

Filing a Morcellator Lawsuit

Call our Firm today to find out if you are eligible to file a morcellator lawsuit that seeks compensation for injuries allegedly caused by the device. Contact us today at (877) 779-1414.

Published May 27, 2014 by