Calaxo® bone screw can cause debilitating complications

The Calaxo® Osteoconductive Interference Screw is commonly known as the Calaxo® Bone Screw and used in knee surgeries. Specifically, these are used in ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) reconstruction and are a replacement for the metal screws that were previously used. Manufactured by Smith & Nephew, Calaxo® is a  bio-absorbable polymer and calcium device. When it was first marketed, many hailed this innovation, little knowing that it could bring side effects with far-reaching consequences.
 
Calaxo® Side Effects
Calaxo® bone screws can create many painful complications for patients. The side effects that these can cause are fever, redness, swelling, fluid build-up, infection and increasing levels of pain at the incision site. Many patients have reported local soft tissue swelling in the tibial area. The worst side effect that has been noticed is that these screws have broken into fragments inside the body and caused excruciating pain. In some cases, patients have had to have them surgically removed. The usual time frame that these side effects have been observed is between 2 and 36 weeks after the ACL reconstructive surgery.
 
FDA & Calaxo®
The FDA approved the Calaxo® screw and it came into usage in March 2006. Almost immediately, there was an alarming increase in reports of complications arising from the use of Calaxo® bone screws. At this, the FDA reacted and issued a recall in August 2007.
 
Calaxo® & The Law
If you or someone you know has been injured due to the usage of the Calaxo® screw, you may have legal rights that entitle you to compensation.
Contact Eric W. Gruenwald, Attorney / Lawyer for more information at 866-529-0001 Extension 245.

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