Defective Calaxo Surgical Screws

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The CALAXO surgical screw has been determined to be a defective medical device. The product, which had been approved for use in the United States since 2006, has now been recalled by the United States distributor, Smith & Nephew, Inc., Endoscopy Division of Andover, MA. Breakstone, White & Gluck, P.C., of Boston is handling CALAXO screw recall cases, and we prepared to help you if you have been injured by this defective product.

The CALAXO screw, which has been used in surgical repairs of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during knee surgery, has been determined to be defective because of the unacceptably high rate of post-surgical complications. The US recall was issued urgently on August 21, 2007.

How Does the Screw work? The CALAXO Bioabsorbable Interference Screw is a medical device which is used to secure the anterior cruciate ligament graft during surgical repair of the ligament. The screw is designed to be absorbed by the body within a year following the procedure. The screw was also designed to promote bone growth.

What Complications Have People Experienced? In some patients, the CALAXO screw caused tissue swelling in the tibia, where the screw has been placed. Symptoms may include swelling, redness, fever, and severe pain.

How Are the Complications Treated? If the symptoms are severe enough, further surgical procedures may be required. The remaining screw may be removed; removal of bony growth may be required; surgical grafting may be required; more hardware may also be required.

What Should You Do If You Were Injured by the CALAXO Surgical Screw? You may have the right to seek compensation for medical care, lost earnings, and pain and suffering caused by the defective CALAXO surgical screw. You should first seek qualified medical care, then contact us so we may protect your legal rights.

If you had surgery which involved the CALAXO surgical screw, you should contact Breakstone, White & Gluck to determine your rights and options. It is important that you act promptly to preserve your rights.

Please call us today, toll free at 1-800-379-1244, and speak with an experienced product liability lawyer who can assist with your case.