Complications from surgical staplers? You may be entitled to compensation.

How Dangerous are Surgical Staplers?

Surgical staplers are often used in routine surgeries but, for many patients, their surgery is anything but normal. Surgical staplers can malfunction because of device misuse and device failure and may cause serious — even fatal consequences.

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Painful Side Effects

Surgical staplers have been known to cause complications.

Now lawsuits are mounting, alleging serious – even fatal side effects – including:

  • Infection
  • Peritonitis
  • Sepsis
  • Organ perforation
  • Leakage of bile
  • Leakage of waste
  • Bleeding
  • Death

FDA Safety Review and Hidden Database

On March 8th, 2019 the FDA issued a warning about serious consequences with surgical staplers for internal surgeries. It has only recently come to light that reports of medical device malfunctions and injuries have been hidden from the public. The FDA granted reporting exemptions to some medical devices, including surgical staplers. These exemptions allowed malfunction reports to be hidden from the public in a secret database, known as the alternative summary reporting program.

In 2016, the FDA posted less than 100 stapler related injuries on its public database, MAUDE, even though they received almost 10,000 reports of stapler malfunctions overall that year. Only because of public outcry will the FDA will end the alternative summary reporting program.

Take Legal Action

If you or a loved one has experienced complications from surgical staplers, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Sokolove Law now for a free legal case review. We are available 24/7 to discuss the next steps of your claim.

Sokolove Law Team

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Last modified: May 11, 2024