Surgical staplers are medical devices that close skin wounds without the need for stitches. They are said to be more uniform and quicker. They can also be used internally, in some organs. Sadly, an estimated 8,000 to 9,000 incidents are reported to the FDA per year as a result of surgical stapler use. At least 65% of injuries or death that occurred as a result of surgical staples use were after gastrointestinal surgeries like gastric bypass. Additionally, 19% of surgical staple errors occurred in lung surgeries and other incidents in appendix, cardiac and circulatory system surgeries.
Common Causes of Surgical Staples Injuries:
The common issues that occur with surgical staplers or staples include:
- Stapler misfire
- Stapler dysfunction
- Separation of suture lines
- Staplers becoming stuck in the tissue of patients
- Staples not forming correctly
Common Injuries Association with Surgical Staples
Of the incidents reported annually involving surgical staplers, 9% result in injuries and less than 1 percent in fatalities. These injuries and complications include:
- Organ failure
- Separation of the surgical connection made between organs and/or vessels
The most common issue some patients suffer as a result of surgical staples is the leakage of blood or bodily fluid. This leakage causes severe infection, life long medical issues, and even death.
How Surgical Staples Malpractice Lawyers Can Help
If you or a loved one has experienced injury, permanent health issues, or death after the use of surgical staples contact the surgical staples attorneys at The Pisanchyn Law Firm so we and our team of medical experts can review your case and get you the compensation you deserve.
Call toll free at 1-800-444-5309 for a free consultation. We have offices in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Scranton and will travel to you.