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Depuy Synthes Radial Head

In December 2016, DePuy Synthes issued a recall for more than 50,000 of its elbow joint replacement devices, known as the DePuy Synthes Radial Head Prosthesis System. The radial bone is one of the long bones of the arm, with the head of the bone ending at the elbow joint. The radial head prosthesis is a medical device used to replace the head of the radial bone if it is fractured or broken.

DePuy recalled its radial head device after receiving reports of loosening after surgery, which may result in bone loss, fractures, soft tissue damage, osteolysis, pain, and the need for revision surgery. In fact, according to a 2017 article published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, DePuy’s radial head device loosened far more frequently compared to the Biomet ExploR radial head replacement.

Based on information from the Cleveland Clinic, as the current population ages, surgeries involving bones in the elbow are likely to be more common. For older individuals, even a simple fall can result in serious fractures. Considering DePuy’s recall of the Synthes Radial Head Prosthesis System, the choice of elbow replacement that surgeons choose matters.

Contact the Dangerous Device Attorneys at Burg Simpson

Following DePuy’s recall, the experienced product liability lawyers at Burg Simpson have filed lawsuits on behalf of individuals harmed by the failed radial head replacement devices. These lawsuits allege the Synthes radial head device was defective in design, failed to conform to representations by the company regarding the benefits, functions, and uses of the device, and that Synthes failed to warn that the radial head was unreasonably dangerous due to the high risk of post-operative loosening and device failure compared to other manufacturers’ radial devices.

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries you believe were caused by a DePuy Synthes radial head implant, our award-winning medical device attorneys can help. Call us today at (720) 500-5854 or fill out our FREE case evaluation form for a no-obligation consultation today.

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