The Benefits and Threats of Power Morcellators

Before morcellators were introduced in the 1990s, women who had a hysterectomy usually had to bear an abdominal incision that was, at least, six inches long, as the procedure was a major or open surgery. The entry of power morcellators into the market changed this, however, as it gave doctors and patients the privilege of opting for a minimally invasive procedure, which required four very tiny 0.5 – 1cm cuts instead. Other than the small cuts, hysterectomies (and other laparoscopic, or minimally invasive, surgeries, including myomectomy) wherein a morcellator was used also became much less painful, safer, faster to perform, lessened the loss of blood and chances of infection, and allowed a very fast recovery period.

Hysterectomy, a surgical procedure wherein the womb or uterus is removed, is the second most common surgery undergone by women in the US (the first is Caesarean section). It becomes a very necessary procedure due to:

  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Uncontrollable bleeding during childbirth
  • The presence of oversized uterine fibroids that can cause bleeding, bladder pressure, pelvic pain, and anemia
  • Uterine prolapse, a condition wherein the uterus drops into the vagina due to the weakening of the tissues that hold it in place (uterine prolapse is usually caused by persistent coughing, straining, childbirth, hormonal changes, and obesity)
  • Certain types of cancer, such as cancer of the uterus, cervix and ovarian cancer
  • Severe pains caused by a condition called endometriosis, a situation wherein the tissues that are supposed to line the uterus grow outside of it and grow in the ovary, on the fallopian tube, or other abdominal or pelvic organ instead
  • Adenomyosis, a condition wherein the endometrium, which is the inner lining of the uterus, breaks through the uterus’ muscle wall. This condition can cause lower abdominal pressure, bloating before menstrual periods and menstrual cramps that can result to heavy periods.

Three of the best acknowledged power morcellators were the Gynecare Morcellex, the Gynecare X-Tract and the Morcellex Sigma, all of which being products of Johnson & Johnson, the leader in the manufacture and distribution of power morcellators. However, due to a safety alert issued by the US Food and Drug Administration on April 17, 2014, Ethicon, J&J’s power morcellator manufacturing unit, saw the need to suspend all sales and distribution of the device rather than cause harm on anyone.

The FDA’s communication was based on medical literature which said that, though morcellators provided multiple benefits, the deadly cancerous tissues (called uterine sarcoma) it caused to spread was a very great risk that no amount of benefits can outweigh. And though doctors and hospitals had been discouraged to use the device further, so many women have already been treated with it.

How many more women will be filing morcellator lawsuits may be hard to predict, but many more are still the expected to be filed.

How a Windshield Mount Can Be Handy

According to the website of South Carolina personal injury attorneys Goings Law Firm, LLC, one of the leading causes of road accidents is distractions, and the use of mobile phones is the number one distraction that drivers should try to avoid giving too much attention to. For those who can’t seem to keep their eyes away from their important phone messages and emails, the best way to keep their eyes on the road while attending to their mobile phones it through a windshield mount. Not only does this equipment help in keeping the smart phone in view, it prevents it from wiggling too much on your dashboard.

There is really nothing fancy about a windshield mount – they just simply need to be able to secure the handset and prevent it from going about your dashboard. There are others, however, that fall short of the needed requirements for this type of equipment. There are those that are not flexible enough or are not convenient and strong enough for mounting. Finding the right one would be the most important thing in securing the handset and making your driving a little more safe.

Some of the things that consumers or drivers should look for in their windshield mount are the mounting system, the arm and base, versatility with different types of gadgets, and warranty. A windshield mount should have a sturdy system for mounting that should provide the driver boundless adjustability all while being securely fastened to the windshield. The arm and base should have upgrade choices that could attend to the various needs of several gadgets, and the warranty should last a lifetime to provide consumers protection.

Additionally, it helps to find something that does not really block the windshield, or takes up too much space. There are many options that you can choose from, as long as you know what you are looking for in a windshield mount. There are many other electronic products that can be used in cars and other vehicles, like in commercial trucks. This essential equipment not only helps provide convenience to the driver, it also makes driving safer and easier for everyone on the road, since you don’t have to take your eyes off the road for too long if you’re looking at your phone.