Thoracic Surgical Problems
Thoracic surgery, or cardiothoracic surgery, usually involves opening the chest cavity to repair damage to the heart and lungs as well as the spine, back or neck.
The Duet TRS Universal Straight and Articulating Single Load Unit, manufactured by Covidien, is used in thoracic surgical procedures, and is a fully integrated tissue reinforcement system used to support staple lines in tissue. On January 16, 2012, Covidien issued a recall on its Duet TRS Universal Straight and Articulating Single Load Unit after receiving reports of 13 serious injuries and 3 fatalities which followed the application of the unit in the thoracic cavity.
The manufacturer of the Duet TRS, Covidien, also announced that the “Duet TRS has the potential to injure adjacent anatomical structures within the thorax, which may result in life-threatening, post-operative complications.”
More about the recall can be found here, on the FDA website:
If you had a thoracic surgical procedure in which the Duet TRS was used, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages, contact my office today. We may be reached at 800-285-HURT or use the link to the right.