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Stryker OASYS Spine Plate Nerve Damage Lawsuits

The Stryker OASYS Midline Occipital Plate was a medical device developed for use in cervical spinal fusion surgeries. The device became available to the public in April 2010, and has since been subject to much scrutiny, as several patients have reported serious negative side effects after having the spine plate implanted.

In May of 2013, Stryker issued an Urgent Medical Device Recall, instructing all medical professionals to immediately cease use of all OASYS spine plate models. In the recall, Stryker states the reason for the recall was due to “post-operative fracture of the pin that connects the tulip head to the plate body”.

The FDA classified Stryker’s recall as a Class I recall. This is the most serious type of medical device recall, warning consumers that there is a “reasonable probability that use of these products will cause serious adverse health consequences or death”. Additionally, on June 20, 2013, Stryker recommended routine clinical and radiographic post-operative evaluation for patients with an implanted OASYS device.

Stryker also recommended follow-up and care for patients who underwent revision surgery. This announcement of recall by Stryker and the FDA came after several reports of nerve injuries, among other complications. These nerve injuries can range in seriousness and can result in pain and numbness.

Nerve Damage From Defective Stryker Spine Plates

Probably the most serious injury associated with the Stryker OASYS product line is nerve injury in the cervical spine. The cervical spine is composed of seven vertebras, or neck bones that connect skull to the thoracic spine. The muscles around this area protect the spinal cord and nerve roots by absorbing force.

There are a total of eight cervical nerve roots located in this area. These roots exit the vertebral canal and interweave with each other, forming the brachial plexus, a series of complex nerves that supply sensation and motor abilities to the arms and hands. When the defective pin in the Stryker OASYS spine plate fractures and moves freely in the cervical spine, it can damage the area, potentially affecting these nerves in the cervical spine.

Symptoms of Stryker Spine Plate Nerve Injuries

There are several symptoms patients may experience if the nerves in the cervical spine are injured or damaged.

Nerve Injury Symptoms
Burning or stinging sensations in neck, shoulder, or arm
Weakness in affected area
Numbness or tingling sensations
Paresthesia (episodes of temporary paralysis)
Permanent paralysis

 

There is also evidence to suggest that patients who have smaller spinal canals and experience transient paralysis may be at risk for permanent neurologic complications.

Our Stryker Spine Plate Nerve Injury Lawyers Can Help

Our Stryker defective medical device lawyers can help if you or a loved one has suffered a nerve injury from an implanted Stryker spinal plate. Lawsuits have been filed against Stryker for failing to produce a safe and effective device. These lawsuits seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. You could be entitled to a settlement.

We do not charge legal fees to represent you. We will also pay all case costs and litigation expenses. Only after we win you a settlement, will you be responsible for payment. If your claim is unsuccessful for any reason, you will owe us nothing. We will put this in writing for you.

Our No Fee Promise on Stryker Spine Plate Nerve Damage Lawsuits

You can afford to have our great team of Stryker spine nerve injury lawyers on your side. If you choose us, it literally costs you nothing to get started. We promise you in writing:

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Start Your Stryker Spine Plate Nerve Injury Claim

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We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have claim, we will start immediately.

WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing Stryker spine plate lawsuit claims.


Stryker Spine Plate News

View Sources

  1. Neck Injuries Involving the Cervical Nerve Roots & Spinal Cord – Hospital For Special Surgery
  2. What is Cervical Radiculopathy? – Spine Health
  3. Cervical Spine – American Association of Neurological Surgeons. 

References

  • 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.
  • Villarraga, M.L., Anderson, R.C., Hart, R.T., Dinh, D.H., 1999. Contact Analysis of a Posterior Cervical Spine Plate Using a Three-Dimensional Canine Finite Element Model. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Vol. 121, Is. 2, 206-214.