Medical product and device manufacturer Johnson & Johnson decided to
recall a medical device that is utilized during hysterectomies and other
uterine procedures after it received reports that the device might spread
undetected cancer in patients.
The device is one that shaves tissue into small pieces that can be removed
without the need for open surgery. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
warned healthcare providers that the popular device may disperse malignant
cancer cells. The FDA found that about 1 in 350 women who go into surgery
and have the devices used may have some type of cancer that the medical
device can cause to spread past the uterus. Additionally, the spread of
these cells into the abdomen and pelvis can substantially decrease a woman’s
chance of surviving the cancer.
The Ethicon unit of Johnson & Johnson is the largest manufacturer of
the devices. It decided to recall these
defective medical devices from the market due to the concerns over the potential to spread cancer.
The company decided to pull the product until medical guidelines were
created or new technologies were established to decrease this serious
If you have been injured by a defective Johnson & Johnson hysterectomy
device, you may be entitled to receive compensation through a
product liability lawsuit. The attorneys at Golomb & Honik, P.C. have more than 30 years of
experience handling these complex cases, and we will fight aggressively
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