A woman who fought against a controversial treatment for gynecological issues has died. The woman began a mission against the use of a power morcellator after she discovered that the surgical tool had spread undiagnosed uterine cancer in her body. As a result of her battle against the use of the medical device, more and more women were found to have the same issues. In fact, at least three other women from Rochester, New York, alone have died from the same procedure, and their families may have cause for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Between the years of 2009 and 2013, these three other women also had undiagnosed cancer. They all also underwent a gynecological surgery that involved the use of a power morcellator. All of them have since died after the cancer was spread by the tool. The problem is not confined to the United States.
One woman in Brighton, England, and another in Greece has also died after this type of procedure. At one time, the use of a morcellator during certain gynecological surgeries was a common practice. It became popular as a minimally invasive surgery to remove fibroid tumors. These tumors are usually non-cancerous, but they can cause women to suffer from extremely heavy bleeding during menstrual periods and other serious symptoms.
For the families of the women who have died after undergoing these types of procedures, there can be no consolation. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help to determine whether or not the family has a medical malpractice case to help ease the financial burden that is left after such a tragedy. If anyone in New York has suffered injury or loss because of a surgical procedure, he or she may choose to consult with on of these personal injury lawyers.
Source: usatoday.com, "Woman who fought gynecologic surgical procedure dies of cancer", Patti Singer, May 25, 2017