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Surgical staplers are medical devices used during surgical procedures to close external wounds or connect internal tissues and organs under high tension. They can be used both externally and internally, though the FDA is reporting that increased rate of problems is linked to the surgical staplers used internally. Much like regular paper staplers, surgical staplers bring separated tissues back together to facilitate healing, though they look more like construction staplers than office staplers, with a handle and lever the surgeon uses to apply the staple.
Surgical staplers can help close wounds that are too large or complex to close with regular stitches. They’re used as an alternative to traditional sutures in gastrointestinal, gynecologic, thoracic, and other surgeries, particularly when it’s necessary to remove part of an organ, cut through organs and tissues, and create connections between structures. Surgical staplers are faster to apply, allowing surgeons to more quickly close a wound. They also reduce scarring, present a low risk of infection, and may be less painful than regular stitches.
Surgical staplers, which are sometimes preferred to sutures for minimally invasive surgeries, can cause serious injuries by firing malformed staples into organs or other tissue in the body. Defective staplers may not fire all staples necessary to bind an incision, causing bleeding or leaving an incision unsealed.
Medtronic, which acquired Covidien in 2014, and Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon control the vast majority of the surgical stapler market in the United States. The two companies produce 4 out of 5 surgical staplers used in American hospitals. They also combined have recalled more than 3.4 million staplers, staples and components since 2013.
Surgical stapler lawsuits claim that malfunctioning devices caused severe injuries and prolonged surgery and may have required further surgical procedures. Some lawsuits claim faulty medical staplers resulted in patients’ deaths. The FDA has received thousands of reports of surgical staplers malfunctioning and causing problems. Some of the problems related to the staplers themselves included:
When a surgical stapler malfunctions, it can cause excessive bleeding, surgical complications, infections, need for additional or prolonged surgery, and even death. Yet many of these reports were unavailable for review until recently, as the FDA allowed manufacturers to file them in an alternative database that was kept hidden from doctors and the general public. The FDA is now putting an end to that hidden database, but meanwhile, many patients have suffered severe and sometimes fatal injuries because of faulty surgical staplers.
The FDA recently released a warning that surgical staplers may pose safety risks and cause serious injuries. On March 8, 2019, the FDA sent a letter (link referenced below) to health care providers warning them of potential safety risks associated with these surgical staplers. An analysis of surgical stapler medical device reports (MDRs) showed that between January 1, 2011, and March 31, 2018, the FDA received over 41,000 reports of problems with these devices, including 366 deaths, over 9,000 serious injuries, and over 32,000 malfunctions.
Plaintiffs who have been injured by malfunctioning surgical staplers have filed numerous surgical stapler lawsuits around the country. In most of them, the defendants—the stapler manufacturers—try to shift to the blame onto the operating surgeon, claiming surgeon error and/or negligence. Despite this tactic, many plaintiffs have received sizable awards. In 2017, Ryan Strange of Illinois agreed to a $5.5 million settlement over the death of his wife due to a surgical stapler injury in 2013. A retired San Jose police officer Florence Kuhlmann, was awarded nearly $80 million in damages in her surgical stapler lawsuit.
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