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Johnson & Johnson has recalled its laparo­scopic power morcel­lators. These devices are used in hysterectomy proce­dures and other uterine surgical proce­dures. The Food and Drug Admin­is­tration has discovered that the morcel­lators can spread malignant cancer cells. The device has been used by women to avoid invasive surgeries for removing fibroids from the uterus.

Women who have had the proce­dures done have filed lawsuits after being diagnosed with metastatic leiomyosarcoma and endome­trial stromal sarcoma that spread following a hysterectomy or myomectomy. The women are alleging that they may have avoided the cancer spreading throughout their bodies if the infor­mation concerning the unacceptable risk had been provided to their physi­cians.

Johnson & Johnson pulls power morcel­lator; surgical device had sparked contro­versy