Ethicon Circular Stapler Lawsuit

Active Case

The FDA has recalled circular staplers manufactured by Ethicon Inc., a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary. The Class I recall, its most serious type, claims that use of the devices during medical procedures could lead to serious patient harm or even death.

Products included in the recall are: 

  • Endo-Surgery Curved Intraluminal Stapler with Adjustable Height Staples
  • Endo-Surgery Endoscopic Curved Intraluminal Stapler with Adjustable Height Staples

Gastrointestinal surgery post-op complications

Both devices were designed for surgical repairs of the gastrointestinal tract for patients with colorectal cancer, bariatric patients and other conditions. Apparent misfiring of the staplers have been reported, however, resulting in malformed staples and other issues that may comprise staple line integrity, according to the FDA.

Contact a medical device attorney

If you or a loved one was injured, or tragically died, from complications after undergoing a gastrointestinal surgical repair involving a defective stapler, you may have a claim. We understand that you may not be familiar with the specific device used during your medical procedure.

Our attorneys have access to the resources needed to thoroughly investigate your situation to determine if you were affected. For more information or to discuss your potential claim, contact medical attorneys Carmen Scott or Meghan Johnson Carter by email or call 1.800.768.4026.

Potential circular stapler side effects

Complications following surgery or a procedure using recalled Ethicon circular staplers may be severe and life altering, including leading to:

  • Sepsis
  • Severe Bleeding
  • Need for a permanent ostomy “bag”
  • Life-long nutritional digestive issues
  • Leak in the closure (anastomotic leak)
  • Additional surgeries
  • Additional closures (anastomoses)
  • Death

Our experience in medical device lawsuits

Our medical attorneys have extensive experience with medical device litigation and have held numerous leadership roles in multidistrict litigations filed for injured patients, including those allegedly harmed by transvaginal mesh and hernia mesh repair products manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon. Carmen Scott has been at the forefront of national contraceptive litigation involving products such as Essure®, and served on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In re NuvaRing Products Liability Litigation, as co-lead counsel in In re Mirena Product Liability state court consolidation in New Jersey, and is co-chair of the AAJ Mirena® IUD Litigation Group. She also represents women who developed ovarian cancer after using talcum powder, and is a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the multidistrict litigation In re Power Morcellator Products Liability Litigation and In re Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Products Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation.