Power Morcellation Led to Stage 4 Cancer for Michigan Woman

A Michigan woman received some devastating news after undergoing power morcellation in 2011 during her laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy: she was diagnosed with stage 4 bone and breast cancer just three years later. A power morcellator, the surgical tool used by her doctor to grind up and remove tissue through a tiny incision in her abdomen, caused unsuspected cancer cells to spread rapidly throughout her body.  She filed a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the tool, Karl Storz, Inc., citing failures of the company to provide adequate warnings about the potential risks associated with its use. Even though a “black box” warning has been issued by the FDA, the device remains on the market, much to the chagrin of many medical professionals and advocates.

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