According to the website of Williams Kherkher, uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths, smooth muscle tumors that form on the wall of the uterus in women.  While these fibroids are usually harmless, power morcellators could potentially spread these cells into other areas of the body causing a rare form of cancer called leiomyosarcoma. According to the LeioMyoSarcoma Direct Research Foundation, leiomyosarcoma is one of the forms of a very rare and aggressive cancer called Sarcoma. Power morcellators are devices used during a hysterectomy or a myomectomy to mince up tissue and fibroids into smaller pieces so they are able to be removed more easily.  Although the procedure was minimally invasive, there was soon found to be a strong correlation between morcellators and cancer development in women.  In fact, 1 in every 370 of women who underwent a procedure using a power morcellator later developed cancer.

Power morcellators can become particularly dangerous when a woman undergoes these operations, without knowing she has uterine fibroids.  Uterine fibroids affect nearly 80% of women, usually 30 years of age or older.  Some symptoms of uterine fibroids include long menstrual periods, heavy menstruation, frequent urination, and pain in the pelvis.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to meet with your doctor as soon as possible before additional complications occur.

Unfortunately, when women who were not aware of these fibroids underwent a surgery involving a power morcellator, there is a risk of metastasis.  The cancers caused by these morcellators were potentially deadly in women, such as metastatic leiomyosarcoma, uterine cancer, uterine sarcoma, and endometrial stromal sarcoma.  Although Johnson & Johnson recalled these devices, the dangerous consequences of these cancers are still present for many women.

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