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Surgical Staples Lawsuit Investigation Launched for Complications and Recall

Ethicon Surgical Staples Lawsuit Investigation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initiated its most serious type of recall, a Class 1 recall, on Ethicon’s Echelon Flex Endopath surgical staplers last year.

The agency reported that the device fails to form proper staples during use which increases the risk for surgical complications. Several injuries and one death have already been reported due to Ethicon surgical stapler complications.

Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, initiated the recall of the surgical staple products:

  • ECHELON Flex 60 Endopath Stapler, Articulating Endoscopic Linear Cutter (EC60A)
  • ECHELON Flex 60 Powered Plus Compact Articulating Endoscopic Linear Cutter (PCEE60A)
  • ECHELON Flex 60 Powered Plus Articulating Endoscopic Linear Cutter, 44cm Shaft Length (PLEE60A)
  • ECHELON Flex 60 Powered Plus Articulating Endoscopic Linear Cutter, 34cm Shaft Length (PSEE60A)

These products were intended for internal tissue during minimally invasive gynecologic, urologic, thoracic, pediatric, and general surgeries, and may have a component which is out of specification that results in malformed staples.

Did you or a family member suffer from complications and injuries linked to Ethicon surgical staplers? Contact us today to see if you are entitled to compensation from the Ethicon surgical staples lawsuit settlements.

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Risks and Complications of Surgical Staples

Surgical staples are designed to close surgical incisions, internally or externally. These are usually used for large or complex wounds that can’t be effectively closed off with sutures or stitches. These products do not dissolve and need a doctor to remove them after full healing of the wound, which usually lasts up to 21 days.

Removal of surgical staples does not hurt but may pinch a little and will depend on the following:

  • Location of the staples on your body
  • If the staples are located inside or outside
  • The type of surgery you had

Surgical complications from surgical staples generally include:

  • Infections
  • Improper placement
  • Poor wound healing
  • Wound reopening
  •  Allergic reactions

However, when the staples are malformed it makes it difficult to recognize or address which often leads to more serious complications such as:

  • Prolonged surgery
  • Leaking from the surgical incision
  • Hemorrhaging/major catastrophic internal bleeding
  • Hemorrhagic shock
  • Sepsis
  • Bowel leakage
  • Fistula formation
  • Additional surgeries
  • Death

If you or a family member had internal staples put in during surgery and was later called in for corrective surgery to fix, you may be affected by the recalled products.

Editor’s note on the Ethicon Surgical Staples  Lawsuit Investigation:

This piece is written about the recent Ethicon Surgical Staples Class Action Lawsuit Investigation. If you are considered eligible to be among the class of consumers described in the class action lawsuit investigation, you may eventually be able to participate in receiving any compensation the court may award.

If you believe that what is alleged in the Ethicon Surgical Staples Class Action Lawsuit Investigation has affected you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

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