New Jersey Surgical Complication Attorneys
Roseland Surgical Suture Complication Lawyers
Complications /Side Effects From Sutures/ Panacryl Sutures
Panacryl sutures are a type of absorbable sutures or stiches, that are commonly used to close a wound after surgery. These type of sutures are intended to be absorbed by the body, and do not need to be removed. This type of suture has been known to cause harm, because it does not dissolve as intended.
The Panacryl suture was marketed by Ethicon, Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson. It was designed to support a wound for up to six months before being absorbed by the body. Panacryl was removed from the market in March 2006, after Ethicon issued a voluntary recall.
Complications from Panacryl sutures include:
- a high rate of infection
- The body not absorbing the sutures
- Suture granulomas (a bump under the skin from scar tissue forming around the suture)
- Spitting sutures (the suture is pushed out to the skin surface by the body rejecting the suture)
- Tunneling (miniature tunnels form around the incision area, caused by the suture inhibiting healthy tissue growth)
Most problems with Panacryl sutures were associated with its use in the lower abdominal area, C- sections or colorectal surgeries. These problems often require additional surgeries to remove the infected sutures.
It is the responsibility of drug companies such as Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary company, Ethicon, Inc. to ensure the safety of its product through clinical trials and studies. Failure to disclose any side effects, complications or defects in their product on the market can result in legal action.
The law firm of Lum, Drasco & Positan LLC is handling Panacryl suture cases, in which it is claimed that these sutures were improperly designed for their intended purpose and that the manufacturer knew of the dangers involved and failed to properly warn the medical community and the public.
If you or someone you know has required additional surgery to correct a complication resulting from surgical sutures, please contact Dennis J. Drasco or Jane S. Kelsey for a free evaluation.