Ethicon Surgical Stapler Cases

Our attorneys are investigating claims that defective surgical staplers, such as those manufactured by Ethicon, are causing serious injuries, life-altering complications, and even death. Ethicon recently recalled its Circular Staplers and the FDA has identified this recall as a Class I recall. Class I recalls are the most serious type of recall due to possible serious injuries or deaths caused by the medical device. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries or death due to malfunctioning surgical staplers, please contact our firm for a free case evaluation today.

Surgical Staplers, such as the Ethicon Endo-Surgery Intraluminal Staplers (Circular Stapler), are commonly used by surgeons as an alternative for sutures in order to close incisions and/or connect internal organs. This specific Ethicon stapler is used in the gastrointestinal tract for connecting structures in surgical procedures. After an investigation of complaints and returned products, Ethicon discovered and confirmed that the stapler malfunctions by misfiring uncut washers and malformed staples, which compromises the staple line integrity. According to the FDA, the use of this Ethicon product poses risks of death, sepsis, bleeding, the need for permanent ostomy "bag," permanent nutritional and/or digestive complications, leaks in the closure, additional surgeries, additional closures, need for antibiotics, and the need for imaging studies. Patients who have had or may undergo gastrointestinal surgery may be affected.