An orthopedic device used in reconstructive knee surgery was recently recalled because it can fracture. According to a Reuters news report, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall of the LPS Diaphyseal Sleeve manufactured by DePuy, the orthopedic unit of Johnson & Johnson.
The defective medical devices were manufactured between 2008 and July 20, 2012. Officials say that the devices can fracture at the joint, and lead to compromised soft tissue, loss of limb or even death. The FDA reports that there have already been 10 known incidents in which the orthopedic device has failed or malfunctioned
ASR XL Hip Implant Recall
The LPS Diaphyseal Sleeve is not the only Johnson & Johnson medical device that has caused serious harm to patients. There are a number of ongoing lawsuits involving the company’s ASR XL hip implant as well.
About 93,000 ASR artificial hips were recalled in 2010 because of high failure rates. Thousands required revision surgeries. Studies from the United Kingdom and Australia also showed that these metal-on-metal hip implants could cause metal poisoning in patients and other serious health complications.
If you or a loved one is suffering complications after having a medical device surgically implanted, you should speak to your doctor immediately. It’s possible that you may need to have the device removed or replaced.
You should also discuss your potential claim with a skilled product liability attorney in Texas. Financial compensation may be available for your medical bills, lost wages and other related damages.The experienced Texas personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of W.T. Johnson know how to hold negligent product manufacturers accountable for their wrongdoing. Contact us today to set-up your free consultation.