Over the years gastric bypass has become an effective surgical option for individuals who are morbidly obese. During the surgery, the stomach is made smaller by segregating a small upper portion of the organ from the larger lower portion using gastric bypass staples. With a reduced stomach size, less food intake is possible, resulting in patient weight loss.
However, in some cases, there have been major complications associated with this type of surgery, stemming directly from the use of gastric bypass staplers. Surgical staples that do not properly seal off areas of the body during gastric bypass can cause leakage into the abdominal cavity, separation of the areas that were stapled and other adverse events.
In fact, the FDA has received thousands of reports about dangerous complications, including bleeding, hernia, hemorrhage, leaks from staple line, infection, sepsis and even death, directly linked to gastric bypass staplers.
The effectiveness of gastric bypass surgical staples continues to be called into question. Ethicon, the manufacturer of the most common gastric bypass stapler, introduced in 1999, has received many reports of staple line failures attributed to its device. Ethicon has continued to blame surgeons for the complications. It’s time to hold the manufacturers of faulty devices accountable.
If you or a loved one has undergone gastric bypass surgery and has been the victim of dangerous side effects related to the use of gastric bypass staplers, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact our defective product attorneys today to discuss your potential case.