Ethicon Morcellator Recalls

Dangerous Surgical Devices

Power morcellators are commonly used during laparoscopic hysterectomies and myomectomies to mince tissue into small pieces so it can be more easily removed though a small incision in the patient's body. Unfortunately, use of a morcellator can inadvertently spread malignancies such as undetected uterine cancer.

Recalled Morcellators Linked To Cancer Spread

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned doctors in April 2014 not to use three power morcellators manufactured by Johnson & Johnson through its subsidiary, Ethicon, due to growing concerns that the devices can spread undetected cancer and cause serious health problems. Johnson & Johnson subsequently recalled the morcellators, which include:

  • Morcellex Sigma
  • Gynecare Morcellex
  • Gynecare X-Tract

Other manufacturers of power morcellators include:

  • Lumenis Ltd.
  • Olympus
  • Karl Storz GmbH
  • Richard Wolf GmbH
  • Cook Urological Inc.
  • Smith & Nephew
  • LiNA Medical
  • Blue Endo

While the FDA has not yet banned the use of power morcellators, it has issued a safety communication warning doctors to avoid using the devices, saying the risk outweighs the potential benefits to patients.

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If you have been diagnosed with uterine cancer or have experienced other health problems following use of a power morcellator during laparoscopic surgery, call 713-352-7883 or 877-643-3099 toll free or complete our online form to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys at Reich & Binstock in Houston.