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Doctors Continue to Use Morcellators

Some medical doctors and their organizations continue to espouse the use of morcellators for their women patients in need of a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) or myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroid masses, or myomas. This may seem to be a bit of a mystery, in light of recent discoveries about the dangerous side effects of power morcellators. However, it is important to note that not all types of morcellators pose the same level of risk.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued two warnings to the public regarding the use of power morcellators in certain procedures. The main point of the warning was that epidemiological studies indicate that there is a link between power morcellators and the increase in the number of uterine sarcoma or leiomyosarcoma cases reported. Visit this website for more information about morcellator-related cancer growth.

One would think that doctors that routinely performed the procedures would be the first to avoid using them. That is not the case, and this is because there are actually two types of morcellators available for use. The most common type is laparoscopic morcellators, which is the subject of the dire FDA warnings. Another type of device for this purpose is hysteroscopic morcellators, which is a completely different kettle of fish.

Laparoscopic morcellators are typically used in a technique called “open morcellation” in which the device gets in through a small incision, shreds the tissue, and then removes it. It is done without the benefit of an enclosure, which allows pieces of tissue to land any which way in the pelvic and abdominal cavity. It is no wonder that some are left behind, and if these are cancerous (sarcomatous), it may trigger the spread of cancer cells.

Hysteroscopic morcellators, on the other hand, is a newer device that has attachments to trap and collect the shredded tissue so nothing falls by the wayside. With every bit of ground tissue collected, there is nothing left behind to cause post-surgical complications. No cancer cells, no spread.

The FDA concurs. When the hysteroscopic morcellator is used according to instructions, they do not pose the same risk to patients. The absence of sarcomatous tissue from the peritoneal cavity precludes the risk of morcellator-related uterine sarcoma.

California Leads in Dog Bites

According to an article on the LA Times, California leads the nation in the number of dog bite insurance claims in 2013. A dubious honor, but what can you do?

It was reported by State Farm and the Insurance Information Institute (III) that 1,919 insurance claims were filed in California, costing insurers a hefty $64.7 million in payouts, averaging $33,000 per claim. Second place goes to New York with 965 dog bite claims at a cost of $41.6 million. Dogs are considered man’s best friends, but some insurance companies may disagree.

Nationwide, the number of insurance claims for dog bites increased 5.5% in 2013, costing insurance companies $484 million, representing about 35% of homeowners’ insurance total liability costs. But the statistics may be misleading as these figures include claims for non-bite dog attacks such knocking down, scratching, or scaring a person. The III states that the average cost of a claim increased 45% compared to 10 years ago mainly because of higher medical costs but also because the size of settlements or awards are significantly higher.

It is easy to dismiss these numbers as the hysterical reactions of a populace that has become paranoid about animal attacks, but according to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, the truth is dog bites can result in serious, even deadly injuries. Aside from the physical and psychological trauma and possible complications like infections, dog bite victims often have to live with long-term complications such as extensive scarring and disfigurement, loss of limbs and other permanent damage. All these have a concurrent cost to you and your family.

If you have been seriously injured in a dog bite or animal attack incident in California, you have a right to sue the owner for compensatory damages. Consult with a dog bite lawyer in California to find out if your case meets the requirements for a civil lawsuit.