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Wrongful Death Suit Filed Over Ethicon Power Morcellation

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Los Angeles, CAA wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by the family of a woman who underwent robot-assisted hysterectomy and uterine fibroid removal surgery, with a laparoscopic uterine surgery via power morcellator made by Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (J&J).

Carl Cecilia Merrill of Missouri, underwent the laparoscopic power morcellation surgery in December 2012 at which time an Ethicon Gynecare morcellator was used to allow the doctors to remove the uterus and fibroid laparoscopically. However, the device allegedly caused undiagnosed uterine cancer to be disseminated throughout her peritoneal cavity, causing a rapid upstaging of the cancer from its earliest, and most treatable stage, to its most deadly. She subsequently died of metastatic uterine cancer in August 2014.

Recently, the FDA has determined that approximately 1 in 350 women who are undergoing hysterectomy or myomectomy for fibroids have an unsuspected type of uterine cancer called uterine sarcoma. If laparoscopic power morcellation is performed in these women, there is a risk that the procedure will spread the cancerous tissue within the abdomen and pelvis, significantly worsening the patient’s likelihood of long-term survival.

Consequently, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a safety communication discouraging the use of laparoscopic power morcellation for the removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) or uterine fibroids (myomectomy) in women because, based on an analysis of currently available data, it poses a risk of spreading unsuspected cancerous tissue, notably uterine sarcomas, beyond the uterus.

Laparoscopic power morcellation is one of several available treatments for fibroids. It is a procedure that uses a medical device to divide the uterine tissue into smaller pieces or fragments so it can be removed through a small incision in the abdomen, such as during laparoscopy.

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My aunt went through a similar situation, she got so sick it almost killed her. It's so important to be educated on your options. This shouldn't happen to anybody. These things need to be brought more into the public eye. Thank you so much for sharing.

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this medical device The power morscellator was used on me and it caused me great pain 5 fibroids lemon size totaling a melon size fibroid mass that was removed when I was cut hip to hip uterus. I'm waiting for simple surgery 415 braid embedded in my uterus. The outcome was life changed as I once knew it. My health continued to decrease a hemorrhage every. I had blood transfusion had massive amount of tissue coming out of my vagina I had to bear down and push to remove the tissue masses that continued for over 10 years. When I went in for surgery there was no mention of this possibility I wanted children I have no children to this day instead I had it changed life and I lowered health quality the altars down showed two fibroids one month after this surgery. the surgery left me needing transfusion left me unable to control the bleeding the gushing times without any kind of warning the blood would blush and run and soak instantaneously my clothes it was uncontainable I was unable to work with the amount of blood lost I ended up in bed during these two weeks tampons and pads would not control the blood I wore diapers. tampons and maxi pads did not control the blood. I lost my job I lost my house I lost my life most sadly my ability to have a child and that is the greatest loss of my life

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