Power morcellators are used by gynecologists when they perform various surgical procedures. The power morcellator is a tool used for cutting into large masses of tissue. The blades break the tissue down so it can be vacuumed away and removed from the body. During the removal process the cancerous tissue cells can spread to other areas of the body.
Surgeons use power morcellators to remove certain noncancerous growths during laparoscopic procedures such as a Hysterectomy (Uterus Removal) or a Myomectomy (Uterine Fibroid Removal). But if a patient does have an undetected cancerous growth, then the power morcellator can actually cause the cancer to grow and spread.
- Metastatic leiomyosarcoma
- Uterine cancer
- Uterine sarcoma
- Endometrial stromal sarcoma
Power morcellators can also trigger the abnormal growth of tissue or even cause harm to healthy tissue resulting in major health problems.
Manufacturers of power morcellators include but may not be limited to:
- Blue Endo
- Cook Urological
- LiNA Medical
- KSE America
- Karl Storz GmhH & Co
- Richard Wolf GmbH
Currently there are several lawsuits pending against power morcellator manufacturers. The cases include negligence claims as well as failure on the part of the makers to warn or test gear, provide notices of consumer risk, or to have misrepresented the products as safe. Due to the severity of the issue, and the FDA warning against them, the global giant Johnson & Johnson recalled all of their morcellators in July of 2014.