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Are Morcellators Safe for Laparoscopic Surgery?

Laparoscopic surgical procedures have been garnering attention and favor from patients everywhere, if the option is available to them. It is thanks to the modern innovation of technological advancements that allow for these procedures to be possible. Laparoscopic surgical procedures are, by nature, simpler and more effective than regular surgery. It allows a more precise handling of delicate tissue and muscle. As a result, the patient thereby does not need as long a time to recovery from surgery and will not suffer from as much discomfort, as is the usual with more traditional surgeries. The minimal intrusion also allows for there to be reduced scarring as most laparoscopic procedures only require about a 0.5 to 1.5 millimeter incisions.

One of the most popular devices used for these procedures are morcellators. Now, morcellators are small, cylindrical tubes that are inserted into the body with a sharp claw at the end. The claw attaches itself to the noncancerous growth and suctions it out of the body, piece by piece. The design allows for there to be precision in the removal of the noncancerous growths and since its induction, it has been stated that there have been at least 50,000 procedures involving a morcellator every single year and its most popular patients are women who need to go through a hysterectomy or the removal of the womb through surgery.

However, there have been claims through several people who have filed a morcellator lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, stating that use of the morcellation devices were the cause of their acquiring endometrial cancer. These are very serious claims and were well founded enough that the manufacturer actually called for a recall of their three morcellators (Gynecare Morcellex, Gynecare X-Tract, and Morcellex Sigma) in 2014.

If you or someone you know has developed endometrial cancer – cancer that begins in the inner lining of the womb, or the endometrium – it is recommended that legal help and representation are called into the case so that the patient may be given the best care and help possible throughout this horrible ordeal.

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