The only surgery performed on women that is more common than hysterectomies is a cesarean section performed during childbirth. There are over 500,000 hysterectomies performed annually as a means to addressing numerous medical conditions and complications. It is often considered a last resort to treating cancer, fibroids, prolapse of the uterus, endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain and abnormal vaginal bleeding. Power morcellators have been used in some types of hysterectomy surgeries because they allow surgeons to operate on patients without the need for larger incisions. It has been found that the risks associated with morcellator usage may outweigh the benefits, however, and it is important for patients to be well informed of the risks and alternatives before undergoing these procedures.
Types of Hysterectomies
There are different types of hysterectomies that address specific needs and produce different outcomes. Depending on the condition, doctors may recommend one of the following forms of hysterectomy.
- Supracervical, or partial hysterectomies— these procedures remove the upper portion of the uterus while leaving the cervix in place.
- Total hysterectomies— these hysterectomies remove the entire uterus, including the cervix.
- Radical hysterectomies— often considered the last resort due to severe conditions such as cancer; these hysterectomies remove the uterus, cervix and tissue surrounding the uterus. The upper part of the vagina may be removed as well.
There is a variety of procedures used to conduct a hysterectomy and each type of surgery comes with its own set of benefits and risks. The patient’s health history, the purpose for the hysterectomy and other factors will all influence which type of hysterectomy and procedure is recommended by her doctor. The most common types of surgery are the following.
- Abdominal hysterectomy— one of the more invasive forms of hysterectomy, the uterus is removed through an incision in the abdomen that can be as large as seven inches across.
- Vaginal hysterectomy— an incision is made in the vagina through which the uterus is removed.
- Laparoscopic hysterectomy— a hysterectomy that is performed through smaller incisions and using cameras and morcellators to cut the uterus into small pieces which are then extracted from the small incisions.
- Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy— similar to a laparoscopic hysterectomy except performed through an incision in the vagina.
Power Morcellator Risks
It has recently been discovered that power morcellators pose dangerous risks to women undergoing laparoscopic hysterectomies due to the dissemination of tissue which may cause the spread of undiagnosed cancer or the formation of tumors and fibroids. If you underwent one of these procedures and were injured as a result, you may be entitled to compensation for the cost of corrective surgery, pain and suffering, change of life style or any other cost related to your injuries. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney who can review your case and inform you of your rights, legal options and what you can expect from the legal process moving forward. If we are unable to collect compensation on your behalf, our services will be free of charge.