Ethicon Stapler Injury Lawyers
Our firm is investigating injuries caused by Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc’s gastric bypass stapler. If you or a loved one experienced staple line disruption, infection or other serious complications following gastric bypass surgery, an Ethicon Stapler could be to blame. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
The Ethicon Stapler has been associated with serious injuries, including infections and deaths. Adverse Event reports to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) indicate that the Ethicon Stapler is more likely to misfire than other devices on the market. When this occurs, patients can experience injury, sepsis, shock and even death. If you or a loved one has been a victim of such complications, our Ethicon Stapler injury lawyers want to hear from you today.
Our Ethicon Stapler injury lawyers know how devastating these complications can be. We are working right now to make sure Ethicon Endo-Surgery and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, are held accountable for the misery this stapler has caused. If you believe you or a loved one suffered an injury because of this device, we urge you to contact our Ethicon Stapler lawyers today to protect your legal rights.
Ethicon Stapler Complications after Gastric Bypass Surgery
Gastric bypass surgery is one of the most popular weight loss surgeries in the U.S. In this procedure, the stomach is surgically reduced, and the calories a patient absorbs during a meal are drastically lessened, allowing the individual to drop a large amount of weight fairly quickly.
To make the stomach smaller, surgeons separate the small upper portion of the stomach from the larger lower portion using staples that have been created solely for use during gastric bypass surgery. If the staples do not seal properly, this can cause leakage into the abdominal cavity, separation of the areas that were stapled, and other adverse events.
The FDA has received more than 9,000 adverse event reports related to surgical staplers. Ninety percent of these reports involved malfunctions wherein the staplers did not fire or did not form properly. To date, the FDA has received approximately 100 reports of deaths related to surgical staplers.
Ethicon began manufacturing its gastric bypass stapler in 1999. The company now controls approximately 2/3 of the gastric bypass stapler market. More than 177,000 Americans undergo gastric bypass surgery every year, the majority of which use the Ethicon Stapler.
Since it came on the market, however, Ethicon has received numerous reports of staple line failures attributed to its device. In many cases, the staples failed to close around the patient’s tissue or the stapler failed to release the staples resulting in leakage. Among the patients who died, the stapled tissue typically had begun leaking fluid or blood, leading to infection.
Leakage of the stomach contents due to staple line disruption can lead to the development of sepsis and peritonitis, both life-threatening conditions. Staple line failure requires patients to undergo additional surgeries, and even then, recovery may not be complete. Some patients injured by a defective Ethicon Stapler have had to undergo colostomies, and in
Some injuries that can occur when an Ethicon stapler misfires include:
- Dehiscence (separation of areas that are stitched or stapled together)
- Anastomotic leakage
- Leaks from staple lines
Rather than addressing the problem in the design of its stapler, Ethicon has continued to blame surgeons. When defending itself in lawsuits, the company often claims that an improperly sized staple was used in a procedure. But our investigation into such injuries has determined that surgeons have no way to accurately determine stomach tissue thickness in order to always choose the proper staple cartridge.
Legal Help for Victims of Ethicon Staplers
If you or a loved one suffered staple line disruption that led to serious complications following gastric bypass surgery, an Ethicon stapler may be to blame. If so, you have valuable legal rights.
Our Ethicon Stapler injury lawyers will do everything legally possible to make sure you are fairly compensated for your suffering. Please fill out our online form, or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) to discuss your case with one of our Ethicon Stapler injury lawyers today.