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Power Morcellator Cancer Risk Prompts UPMC to End Uterine Morcellation, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports
Date:8/5/2014

NEW YORK, Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The cancer risk associated with power morcellators (http://www.injurybeacon.com/power-morcellator/) has prompted one large healthcare provider to suspend minimally-invasive uterine surgeries that require the use of such devices, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports.  According to an August 1st report from the Pittsburgh Business Times, a spokesperson for Pennsylvania-based UPMC confirmed the decision last Friday, stating that the move was an "appropriate and prudent course of action" while the hospital network awaits further guidance from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

"UPMC's decision to suspend uterine morcellation is not surprising in light of the recent evidence linking the using of power morcellators to the spread of uterine cancers," says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is now offering free morcellator lawsuit reviews to women who may have experienced the spread of undiagnosed uterine sarcoma and other cancers due to uterine morcellation.

Morcellator Cancer Risk

Power morcellators are used during laparoscopic hysterectomies and fibroid removals to shred tissue in order to facilitate its removal through a small abdominal incision. On April 17th, the FDA warned that power morcellators have the potential to spread undetected uterine cancer cells into a woman's peritoneal cavity, upstaging the cancer and greatly reducing the patient's chances for long-term survival. According to the agency, roughly 1 in 350 women with fibroids actually have undiagnosed uterine sarcoma.

On July 22nd, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that appeared to confi
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