If you or a loved one received surgical staples during a surgery that occurred between March 1, 2018 and May 31, 2019 and suffered complications following that surgery, please contact us. Many surgeons were utilizing an Ethicon endo-surgery curved intraluminal stapler, which has resulted in staple failure and serious complications. Common surgeries where this type of stapler is used are gastrointestinal surgery, colorectal surgery, and bariatric surgery.
The staplers were recalled after many reports of “misfired staples” caused serious damage instead of having the intended effect of repairing the gastrointestinal tract, stomach, colon or intestines. The defective stapler has also resulted in “malformed” staples. Injuries and complications to be on the lookout for include:
- Digestive issues
- Follow-up surgeries
- Internal bleeding
- Leak in the closure
- Need for antibiotics
- Need for imaging studies
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Permanent ostomy bag
Surgeons may not always be aware of a malfunctioning staple. As such, complications may not be identified for many months following surgery. If left untreated, death may result.
Our firm is currently reviewing cases of this nature and we can help you find out if your received surgical staples from the recalled Ethicon stapler. If you have reason to suspect this stapler has harmed you or a loved one and you are interested in pursuing your rights as a result, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Rourke & Blumenthal LLC is here for you. Call us at (614) 321-3212 or complete an online contact form to get in touch with a defective medical device attorney at our office.