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Burg Simpson Files Complaint Against Depuy Synthes For Failed Radial Head Replacement

By Burg Simpson
February 7, 2019
2 min read
Burg Simpson Files Complaint Against Depuy Synthes For Failed Radial Head Replacement

By David C. Harman, Burg Simpson Shareholder

Burg Simpson is representing two plaintiffs who received a Synthes radial head medical device but had to undergo removal and/or replacement of the device just one year after implantation.  Plaintiffs, both women from Ohio, suffered fractures to the head of their radial bone requiring surgery for replacement of their natural radial head with a prosthetic radial head device.  Both women continued to suffer pain and discomfort following placement of the prosthetic radial head and imaging studies revealed unintended loosening of the device, resulting in removal and/or replacement of the radial head device.

Plaintiffs’ complaint alleges that the Synthes radial head was defective in design, failed to conform to representations made by Synthes regarding the benefits, functions, and uses of the device, and Synthes failed to warn that the radial head was unreasonably dangerous due to a high risk of loosening and failure associated with the radial head when compared to other manufacturers’ radial head devices.  In fact, a 2017 article published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma reported that device loosening was seen significantly more frequently and to a significantly greater degree in the Synthes radial head when compared to the Biomet ExploR radial head.

In December 2016, Synthes issued a recall for its radial head device due to post-operative loosening of the radial stem at the stem bone interface.  A Synthes letter to healthcare professional explained that if the radial stem becomes loose post-operatively, it may result in osteolysis, poor joint mechanics, pain, bone fracture and soft tissue damage.

If you or a loved one suffered injuries that you believe were caused by a Synthes radial head prosthesis system, contact one of the experienced medical device attorneys at Burg Simpson today.  Our award-winning lawyers would be happy to discuss your potential claim.  Call 1-800-713-9340 or fill out our contact form for a FREE no-obligation consultation today.

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