Gynecologist Sued for Spreading Cancer During Myomectomy

Cody Porcoro

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— Updated on October 31, 2017

After undergoing a standard laparoscopic myomectomy to remove fibroid tissue from her uterus, a woman faced severe ramifications after the procedure helped spread cancer throughout her body. The gynecologist had used a morcellator to divide the tissue into smaller pieces to facilitate removal without removing the uterus entirely. However, it became apparent after the procedure that the patient’s fibroids had gone undiagnosed and were malignant, and the morcellation procedure had unwittingly spread the cancerous tissue throughout the patient’s uterus. Diagnosed with fatal cancer, the patient’s ensuing medical trial sought the perspective of an expert in similar procedures who could comprehensively explain what had gone wrong.

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. Please discuss your background in working with Morcellator devices.

Expert Witness Response E-000082

I am a former full time faculty member at two major research universities, with tenure. I have been actively practicing for over twenty years and have 35 publications. I have reviewed multiple cases of malignancy morcellations, which are departures from standard of care and impair patient survival by as the procedure only serves to spread the patient’s tumor.

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