A growing number of side effects can result from uterine fibroids removal surgery with a power morcellator. It is possible that an infection of either the ovaries or fallopian tubes can occur. These infections are not fatal and can be treated with common antibiotics. They tend to pose little threat to health but should be checked frequently.
Another side effect that is more rare but still poses a risk to the health of anyone undergoing uterine fibroids removal surgery is the potential for scar tissue to form. If scar tissue does form, it can lead to a number of different effects. It is possible that these scar tissues could rupture during pregnancy. This can make the entire process of giving birth significantly more painful. The rupture can result in increased bleeding.
If the scar tissue is big enough, it can result in changes in the size and shape of the uterus. These changes in shape can, on rare occasions, result in infertility among women. The scar tissue can also become tangled with other tissues surrounding the uterus leading to complications like blocked fallopian tubes.
One side effect that has gained significant attention is the spreading of cancer following surgery. There is a type of cancer known as uterine sarcoma, also known as leiomyosarcoma, that is difficult for doctors to detect. Even with cancer screenings prior to surgery, it is almost impossible for doctors to know whether or not a woman has uterine sarcoma. If during the surgery, not all of the cancer containing cells are removed, it is possible that the cancer can spread to other areas of the body where it becomes much more dangerous. The five year survival rate after spreading is approximately 10 percent while with no spreading it remains around 50 percent.
One in 350 women are expected to have uterine sarcoma. This poses a significant risk to many women considering undergoing surgery and has lead to a large number of lawsuits being filed by those affected and their loved ones. The FDA has warned against the use of power morcellators due to the significant risks of spreading cancer.
Uterine Fibroids Removal Surgery Stories
In march of 2012, Scott Burkhart’s wife, Donna, underwent surgery for fibroid removal. A power morcellator was used in the procedure. Before the surgery, there was no evidence that Donna had any form of cancer. A year later she died due to sarcoma that had spread to other areas of the body following the surgery. Burkhart was the first person to a file a lawsuit against companies manufacturing power morcellators
Dr. Amy Reed
Dr. Amy Reed underwent surgery for the removal of fibroids. After undergoing the surgery, she was diagnosed with sarcoma. Even though she underwent multiple pre-screenings, no cancer was detected. She has since become an active voice in speaking out about the dangers of using power morcellators in surgical procedures. Multiple companies have stopped manufacturing the devices since these lawsuits have gained more popularity.
Medical Compensation for Side Effects
Lawsuits can be filed against the makers of the power morcellator for developing a product that endangered patients. If you developed cancer after undergoing a surgery involving a power morcellator, please request a free, no obligation case evaluation.
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