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Johnson & Johnson Recalls Power Morcellators

By Paul da Costa on August 06, 2014


On the heels of the FDA’s recent warnings against the use of power morcellators, the Huffingon Post reported that Johnson & Johnson has initiated a worldwide recall of its power morcellators.  Power morcellators are medical devices used to break up tissue into smaller pieces so that it can be removed from the body through a small incision.  These devices have been used in minimally invasive hysterectomies and myomectomies, or procedures that remove uterine fibroids. 

The FDA recently warned against the use of power morcellators because new research has suggested that there is an increased risk of spreading cancer throughout the abdomen of the woman undergoing surgery.  While the risk of spreading undetected cancer was previously thought to be small, it has recently been revealed that the risk may actually be as great as 1 in 368.  You can follow the recent FDA investigation on our blog, where we have reported updates on this issue. 

Johnson & Johnson halted sales of all power morcellators in April.  They recently reported that they will now reach out to individual purchasers to ask for the return of all power morcellators currently on the market. 

If you or a loved one has undergone a hysterectomy or myomectomy where a power morcellator was used and undetected cancer cells could have been inadvertently spread during your surgery, you may have a medical malpractice claim.  The experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Snyder & Sarno, LLC can help evaluate your claim.  Contact us today at (973) 274-5200.  

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