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Stryker Spine Plate Complications

The Stryker OASYS Midline Occipital Plate has allegedly caused serious injuries in patients who have had the device surgically implanted. This particular spine plate was distributed to hospitals and physicians in April 2010 and was quickly recalled three years later in May 2013, citing a critical failure of a pin that was known for post-operative fracture.

The fracturing of the Stryker device has allegedly caused serious injuries in some individuals and lawsuits have already been filed against Stryker. More lawsuits are being investigated and future claims are expected to be filed.

On May 30, 2013, Stryker issued a Class I Urgent Medical Device Recall on all OASYS Midline Occipital Plates produced between April 23, 2010 and February 12, 2013. A class I device recall indicates that there is a reasonable probability the device can cause harm to the patient. It is the most serious of medical device recalls. Below are some of the complications believed to be associated with the Stryker OASYS Midline Occipital Plate.

Stryker Spine Plates & Nerve Injuries

One serious complication that has been associated with the Stryker spine plate is nerve injury. Reports have indicated that the Stryker OASYS Midline Occipital Plate was fitted with a defective pin that was susceptible to breaking off from the device. When this pin breaks, the fractured piece or pieces migrate, causing damage to nearby nerves. Symptoms of this nerve damage include numbness and pain. Nerve damage can vary in seriousness, and many times the damage is irreversible.

Stryker Spine Plates & Blood Loss

Blood loss is another serious complication of the Stryker OASYS Midline Occipital Plate. This side-effect results from the same defective pin breaking off from the device and causing damage to nearby areas. Patients who are suffering from blood loss from the Stryker spine plate may experience pain near the area.

Stryker Spine Plates: Revision Surgery & Follow-Up Care

When Stryker issued the Urgent Medical Device Recall of the OASYS device line, they also subsequently recommended any patients who experience pain, weakness, or numbness seek immediate medical evaluation. In some cases, patients who received the spine plates will require revision surgery to remove or replace the defective device. Additionally, for patients who undergo revision surgery, Stryker recommends routine post-operative care and follow-up.

Revision surgery is expensive and requires extended hospitalization and medical treatment; the cost of which can become extremely expensive. Lawsuits against Stryker will help to pay for the cost of these medical bills, as well as lost wages and any additional care required.

Our Stryker Spine Plate Lawyers Can Help

Our dangerous medical device attorneys can help if you or someone you care about was injured by a Stryker spine plate. Lawsuits have been filed against Stryker by both patients and their families seeking compensation for pain and suffering. You may be entitled to a settlement. We do not charge any legal fees unless we win your case, and we will pay for all case costs and litigation expenses. If your claim is unsuccessful for any reason, you will owe us nothing. We put that all in writing for you. We can help you file your Stryker OASYS lawsuit.

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Stryker Spine Plate News

View Sources

  1. Cervical Spine Instrumentation – Spine Health
  2. Class 1 Recall – OASYS Midline Occiput Plate – Stryker Spine
  3. Anterior Cervical Locking Plate-related Complications – National Library of Medicine

References

  • Sasso MD, R.C., et al. 1994. Occipitocervical Fusion with Posterior Plate and Screw Instrumentation: A Long-term Follow-up Study. Spine. Vol. 19, Is. 20.
  • Vale MD, F.L., Oliver MD, M., Cahill MD, D.W., 1999. Rigid Occipitocervical Fusion. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. Vol. 91, No. 2, 144-150.
  • Nockels MD, R.P., et al. 2007. Occipitocervical fusion with rigid internal fixation: long-term follow-up data in 69 patients. Journal of Neurosurgery. Vol. 7, No. 2, 117-123.