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After surgical procedures, surgical staplers and staples are often used to close incisions and to reconnect parts of organs, including the bowels and lungs.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewed 41,000 medical device reports concerning surgical staplers and staples between January 1, 2011, and March 31, 2018, and discovered that the medical devices are linked to serious complications, including:
Because of those dangers, the FDA wrote and published a letter to healthcare providers in March 2019 warning them about the potential risks associated with the use of surgical staplers and staples during and after surgical procedures.
When healthcare providers use surgical staplers and staples on patients internally during or after surgeries, both user error and malfunctioning staplers are a possibility. Reported problems associated with user error and malfunctioning staplers include:
Both user error and malfunctioning staplers can cause surgical procedures to be prolonged to correct misapplied staples. In some cases, patients may even require surgical interventions and revision surgery to repair damage caused by surgical staplers. Patients who experience poor outcomes with these devices may experience the following complications:
Multiple parties may be liable when surgical staplers or staples cause patients to suffer injuries, including the healthcare providers who used the devices and the manufacturers of the devices.
Our law firm will investigate your surgical stapler or staple-related injury, and we’ll do everything in our power to help you get the compensation you’re owed. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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