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Laparoscopic Power Morcellation

Laparoscopic power morcellators are electric surgical devices used to cut up tissue into smaller pieces. This method has become a popular treatment for uterine fibroids, both during hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) and myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroids).

The spinning blades of a power morcellator can cut up and spray uterine tissue around the inside of the abdomen or pelvis. Even benign tissue sprayed inside the body can take hold and grow on organs, causing pain, infection, or bowel obstruction. If a laparoscopic power morcellation is performed in a woman with uterine sarcoma, the blades cut up and spray dangerous cancer cells throughout the abdomen and pelvis. This may cause an aggressive cancer which may have otherwise been contained if the morcellator had not been used.

We are currently accepting cases representing women who have been injured or developed cancer after undergoing surgery with a laparoscopic power morcellator to remove the uterus or uterine fibroids.

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