While not as prevalent as hip or knee replacements, elbow replacement surgery is often recommended for patients with elbow joints affected by rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis as well as for those who have seriously injured their elbow.
Thousands of elbow joint replacement surgeries are done a year to restore function and normal range of motion.
DePuy Radial Head Prosthesis System Recall
In December 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recalled 50,000 DePuy Radial Head Prosthesis System devices, a joint replacement device designed to replace the radial head in the elbow.
According to the FDA, the Class 2 recall was issued due to the possibility of the device loosening post-operatively at the stem bone interface. DePuy Synthes, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has advised doctors and surgeons to continually monitor patients who had received the DePuy Synthes Radial Head Prosthesis.
DePuy Elbow Implant Complications
The DePuy Synthes elbow implant patients have reported the following complications due to the loosening of the device:
- Bone Loss/Osteolysis
- Impaired range of motion and joint mechanics
- Bone fracture around the implant area
- Irritation or damage to the Soft tissue
- Meyers & Flowers is warning the public and patients who have had an elbow replacement using the DePuy Synthes Radial Head Prosthesis System about possible serious injuries.
Routine checkups and follow up appointments are recommended for implant patients.
In many cases, revision or corrective surgery is required because of DePuy Synthes elbow implant complications.
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