Two U.S. senators, Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, are urging the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to stop allowing power morcellators to be used.
Power morcellators are used during hysterectomies and during the removal of uterine fibroids. The morcellator is inserted through the abdomen and helps to loosen tissue by spinning small blades. However, it is being found that the morcellators are spreading tissue that may be laden with cancerous cells throughout the body. In some cases, women that tested negative for cancer still had latent cancerous cells that were unleashed by the morcellator.
The senators that are urging the FDA to end morcellator use cited a study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston that showed that the cancer is 9% more likely to be spread after the use of a power morcellator.
Though the FDA issued a notice to doctors warning them that mocellator use can increase cancer risks, Schumer and Gillibrand are calling for a complete removal of them from the market.
If you’ve had a power morcellator used on you, you may want to immediately be scanned for cancerous cells. If you find that you have cancer due to morcellator use, the Alabama defective product attorneys at Long & Long can help. We have the experience you can trust to properly defend and support you in order to get you financial compensation for your illness and suffering. Please contact Long & Long today or call us at (251) 432-2277.