Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has suspended worldwide sales of its laparoscopic power morcellators after this warning by the FDA that the devices may spread cancer in the course of fibroid removal.

Power Morcellator Injury Law Update

Women across the country who underwent gynecological surgeries utilizing power morcellators are taking legal action against the manufacturers of these devices, and further legal action against hospitals and doctors could be on the horizon. There is rapidly growing concern use of these devices can lead to the spread of aggressive forms of cancer in women not previously diagnosed with the disease.

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Power Morcellators

Power morcellators are surgical devices used during hysterectomies and uterine fibroid removal procedures. Morcellators crush tissue, making it easier to extract from the patient’s body. When they originally hit the market, morcellators were lauded for increasing efficiency and reducing risk during surgical procedures, but there is evidence the latter is false.

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FDA Issues Sterner Warning on Devices Used in Uterine Surgery

The FDA says that laparoscopic power morcellators—surgical devices commonly used to remove fibroid tumors from the uterus or the entire uterus—should not be used to perform these procedures in the vast majority of women because they can spread unsuspected cancer.

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Doctors, Insurers at Odds Over Morcellator Risks

Despite the publication of a study that confirms an earlier government assessment that the use of laparoscopic power morcellators—devices used in minimally invasive uterine procedures—is risky, some gynecologists continue to use them. A number of health insurers, meanwhile, are no longer paying for morcellation, citing patient safety risks. 

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