Surgical staples are thin metal wires with a staple-like end that is used to hold tissues together during surgery. The staple is inserted through the skin and tissue and then bent into an “X” shape. The two ends of the wire are then pulled together, locking the two pieces of tissue together. The surgical staples are removed after the wound has healed.
When Are Surgical Staples Used?
Surgical staples can be used to close wounds or hold tissues together during surgery. They are often used instead of sutures because they do not have to be tied or knotted, and they can also be removed easily once the wound has healed.
Are there any risks associated with using surgical staples? Surgical staples may cause pain or bleeding at the site of insertion; however, these side effects are rare when compared with sutures which can become infected or require removal if they become embedded in tissue (called “tissue ingrowth”).
If you experience pain or bleeding at the site of insertion, contact your doctor immediately. You should also contact your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:
A sensation that something is caught in your throat or windpipe (this may be caused by a staple that has been swallowed)
Yellowish, greenish, or bloody discharge from an incision site
Fever and chills (these can indicate infection)
What Are Your Rights If You Experience Complications?
Ethicon is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, and one of the biggest manufacturers of surgical staplers. Ethicon has been the subject of hundreds of lawsuits from patients who claim that their surgical staplers have caused them serious injury or death. If you have experienced complications from surgical staples, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Speak with a skilled personal injury attorney today about filing a Ethicon lawsuit staples claim. You may be able to recover damages for your injuries, including the cost of any medical care you received. If you have lost wages due to your injury, those losses may also be covered. Your attorney will review all of these factors and help determine what compensation is appropriate for your case.