WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH CALAXO® BONE SCREWS?

Before the Calaxo bone screw was recalled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in November 2007, it was used in knee surgeries in the United States and overseas. The Calaxo screws were supposed to dissolve in the knee over time; however, in some cases, the bone screws dissolved early, which led to serious problems in some users.

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WHAT KIND OF INJURIES DO CALAXO BONE SCREWS CAUSE?

The most common Calaxo bone screw injury is damage to the soft tissue in the knee. When the damage is severe, a second surgery may be required to remove the damaged tissue.

In cases where the screw dissolved early, an additional surgery may be required to remove the bone screw fragments from the knee. At this point, a replacement knee part may need to be implanted.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A CALAXO BONE SCREW INJURY?

Symptoms associated with a defective Calaxo bone screw include:

  • fever
  • persistent and sometimes severe pain around the knee
  • redness and signs of infection at the incision point
  • swelling around the knee due to fluid buildup

The Calaxo® bone screw, also known as the “Calaxo Osteoconductive Interference Screw,” is a medical device that was implanted during surgery to help secure the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) while it was being repaired.

If you or someone you care about had an ACL surgery between March 2006 and August 2007 and suffered severe pain, swelling, inflammation, and fever, or if you had to have a second knee surgery because the first graft failed, call the Houston defective product lawyers at Terry Bryant today. Terry Bryant knows Texas, and he knows the law.

WHAT IS THE ACL AND HOW IS IT INJURED?

The ACL is one of the four major ligaments in the knee and is the most commonly injured knee ligament. The ACL is usually torn by sudden twisting or stretching of the leg or by a sharp blow to the knee.

Typically, the injured person will hear a popping sound when the ACL is torn, accompanied by minor pain. The pain progresses, however, and becomes quite severe in some cases. Swelling and a feeling of looseness also occurs.

WHEN WERE CALAXO BONE SCREWS IMPLANTED?

The product was on the market between March 2006 and August 2007. In August 2007, the manufacturer recalled the bone screws, citing potential graft failure and premature material degradation.

This meant the screws dissolved too soon in some cases and the joints they were meant to help hold together were falling apart in patients’ knees.

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Calaxo® is a registered trademark of Smith & Nephew and is used here only to identify the product in question.

This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with Smith & Nephew or any of its subsidiaries.