Medical Concerns


When Are Morcellators Necessary?


Posted By on Aug 12, 2015

When are morcellators necessary, you may be asking? First, you have to understand what morcellators are. These are devices made with the intention of performing laparoscopic surgical procedures. Whenever surgery comes to mind, you might be thinking of large open wounds and surgeons digging into unconscious but still very much alive bodies in order to take something dangerous out.

This is a fair picture to have but laparoscopic surgeries are ones that require minimum incisions and intrusions. A morcellator, for one, is but a simple spherical tube with a sharp, claw-like end that then morcellates the noncancerous growth within the body, attaches the claw-like extension onto it, and then suctions it out, piece by piece, until the growth is no longer within the body. This is primarily used for hysterectomy procedures, otherwise known as the removal of a woman’s uterus due to abnormal or painful growths within the body.

Now, the question of when morcellators are necessary can be synonymous, sometimes, with the question of when are hysterectomies necessary.

That can be a bit of a tricky question as several sources will go on to state that, majority of the time, hysterectomies are not actually vital surgeries that need to be performed and that less than 2% of surgeries of this nature are to remove a nuisance that do not need to be removed for a life-or-death type of situation. However, many women might still choose to have a hysterectomy procedure with a morcellator as laparoscopic surgeries are known for not requiring a lot of recovery time. In fact, the patient could be cleared as early as a few hours after the procedure, if all is well.

Unfortunately, as stated in the website of Williams Kherkher Law, there has been recent evidence that has come to light regarding cases of women who have had hysterectomies through a morcellator by Johnson and Johnson, and have since then acquired endometrial cancer. This illness is no laughing matter and could cause more pain than strictly necessary.

Take caution when considering a hysterectomy and do sufficient research in order to know if this step is the one you should be taking.

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Pregnant women are often cautioned against ingesting many things that they normally take with impunity. Some of the more common ones are coffee, hotdogs, raw sprouts, and papaya because they have a small risk of harming the fetus. They will not definitely cause harm, but it is better to be safe than sorry. After all, a pregnant woman can eat other things safely.

That is sort of the situation with Zofran, the popular and powerful anti-emetic drug from GlaxoSmithKline. Zofran is ondansetron, and it is a 5-HT3 receptor antagonist (blocker) that was approved to prevent nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and post surgery. It is also commonly prescribed “off-label” for women who are experiencing severe morning sickness (nausea and vomiting of pregnancy or NVP).

A December 2014 review of a 2013 Danish study was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The original study was on the effects of ondansetron on fetal development when administered in the first trimester of pregnancy (which is when NVP is usually at its worst). The review used the same data set of women but followed up on the women for an extended period. The review concluded that ondansetron significantly increased the risk of developing congenital problems such as cardiac malformations in the fetus, exactly the opposite of the conclusion by the original study. The conflicting results definitely did not rule out the possibility of developmental problems for the fetus.

All this is very confusing for women suffering from extreme NVP, also called hyperemesis gravidarum, that urgently need treatment. Fortunately, there are alternatives to ondansetron such as pyridoxine and doxylamine that will alleviate the worst of the symptoms. They are approved for used with pregnant women by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These alternatives may not be as effective, but they are infinitely safer for both the mother and developing child.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, if you were prescribed with Zofran for NVP and your child was born with birth defects, you could be eligible for compensation. Find out more from an experienced Zofran lawyer in your area.

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