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A screw used in the repair of ACL injuries has been recalled because it was linked to a number of complications following surgery. If you think you may have been one of those patients who suffered complications, you may have a legal right to compensation.
Tears to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in the knee are a common injury, particularly among athletes. Surgery to repair these tears often requires taking ligaments from other parts of a patient’s body and securing them to the knee with screws. One kind of screw used for this purpose was called the CALAXO Osteoconductive Interference Screw.
The screw was made of material designed to simulate human bone and was supposed to be reabsorbed by the patient’s body within 12 months following surgery. But some patients developed complications related to the screw, even as long as 9 months after surgery.
Among the symptoms patients reported are:
- Fluid build-up around the knee
- Redness around the joint
- Loss of flexibility in the knee area
- Screw fragmentation
- Localized joint or knee pain
Some people required additional surgery to remove dead or infected tissue and bone as well as screw fragments.
In August 2007 the manufacturer of the CALAXO screw, Smith & Nephew, recalled all of these devices and they are no longer used. However, if you or someone you love has been injured, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.