Surgical staples are commonly used to close surgical incisions, repair wounds, and hold together internal organs. They are commonly used in bariatric or gastric bypass surgery. While, surgical staples can be very beneficial, there are also risks involved with their use. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received more than 9,000 reports of injury and 100 reports of deaths resulting from the use of surgical staples. Most of these injuries occurred after bariatric surgery.
Ninety percent of staple injuries occur because the stapler did not fire correctly. Some gastric bypass staplers are associated with more serious injuries and infections than other staplers. FDA data suggests that the Ethicon Endo-Surgery Gastric Bypass Stapler is more likely to misfire than similar devices. When the staples misfire or do not seal properly, there may be leakage into the abdominal cavity or separation of the areas that were stapled. The improper stapling and sealing can lead to infection, peritonitis, sepsis, shock and other injury.
When a stapler misfires, it is a defective medical device that can cause serious injury. If a doctor uses a stapler incorrectly, he may be guilty of malpractice.
If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered injury from surgical staples after a medical procedure in Kansas or Missouri, contact an experienced Kansas City medical malpractice attorney. The Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys has more than 15 years of experience handling serious personal injury cases. We work hard to get you all the compensation you deserve.
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