Ethicon Endo-Surgery Stapler
HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED BY A SURGICAL STAPLER?
In 2011, Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Endo-Surgery division issued a Class 1 recall on more than 157,000 surgical stapler devices which can malfunction, causing serious health risks, including death.
The affected products were used in hemorrhoid correction procedures and were manufactured and distributed between April 2011 and July 2012. If you or a loved one have experienced pain, complications, bleeding, or even death after having hemorrhoid surgery, you may be entitled compensation for your injuries. Our experienced defective medical device attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to take your call and provide you with a free case review.
In 2015, a California jury awarded a woman nearly $80 million in damages in a product liability lawsuit over Ethicon’s PPH 03 hemorrhoid stapler. The plaintiff alleged that during a hemorrhoid surgery in 2012, the dangerous and defective device misfired, sealing her anal canal shut, causing infection and additional abdominal surgeries. Later that year, Ethicon recalled hundreds of its PROXIMATE staplers due to the defect.
JOHNSON & JOHNSON STAPLER MALFUNCTION COULD CAUSE DEATH
According to the FDA, users have difficulty firing the stapler devices during surgical procedures. In some cases, the stapler was so difficult to use that the surgeon gave up on the stapler entirely during surgery. Incomplete firing strokes and incomplete staple formation may result in the following:
- Sphincter dysfunction
- Rectal wall damage
- Occlusion of the rectal canal
- Severe pain
- Bleeding and extensive blood loss
- Splitting of rectal wall staple line
ETHICON SURGICAL STAPLERS SUBJECTED TO RECALL
The following Ethicon surgical staplers were recalled by Johnson & Johnson:
- Ethicon PROXIMATE HCS Hemorrhoidal Circular Stapler and Accessories 33mm (Product Code: PPH01)
- Ethicon PROXIMATE PPH Hemorrhoidal Circular Stapler and Accessories 33mm (Product Code: PPH03)
- Ethicon TRANSTAR Circular Stapler Procedure Set (Product Code: STR10)
All lots were manufactured from April 16, 2011 to July 24, 2012 and distributed from April 18, 2011 to July 23, 2012.
When Ethicon issued its original recall, Johnson & Johnson stated that the cause of the misfiring was a lubrication process change that began in April 2011. This manufacturing change could lead to problems with the device’s firing. In addition, Johnson & Johnson has discontinued the HCS stapler line entirely.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED DEFECTIVE MEDICAL DEVICE LAWYER
When you or a loved one are injured during a procedure or surgery due to a defective medical device, you may be entitled to compensation. Medical device manufacturers can be held liable for your injuries if their device is found to have a defect and be unsafe. At Thomas J. Henry, our experienced defective medical device attorneys are backed by the legal and financial resources necessary to pursue your claim and take on pharmaceutical giants. Defective drug and product litigation can be complex and expensive, but our firm has handled a multitude of dangerous drug and medical device cases for patients across the country. Contact us today for a free legal consultation. Our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim.