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Leigh Day investigates potential legal claims following urgent recall of DePuy elbow prosthesis

DePuy has issued an urgent recall of the Radial Head Prosthesis System.

Elbow pain

21 June 2017

Lawyers from the Consumer Law and Product Safety team at Leigh Day have begun investigations into potential legal claims following DePuy’s urgent recall of the Radial Head Prosthesis System.
The Radial Head Prosthesis System is a type of elbow replacement intended to restore joint function when patients suffer from arthritis or fracture in the radial head of the elbow joint.
DePuy originally issued a Safety Notice in December 2016 warning that the prosthesis could be at risk of loosening post-operatively at the stem bone interface. If the stem becomes loose, then patients are at risk of suffering from device loosening, osteolysis, poor joint mechanics, pain, bone fracture and soft tissue damage.
DePuy has now issued a full recall and warned surgeons not to implant this prosthesis in any patients. They have advised patients to contact their orthopaedic surgeon if they develop symptoms such as pain, loss of function or instability.

Surgeons have been advised to monitor patients at six-monthly intervals for up to two years post-implantation with x-rays to identify possible loosening of the stem.
Brian McFerran, solicitor in the Consumer Law and Product Safety team, said:

“Early loosening of an elbow prosthesis can lead to pain and potentially the need for further surgery to remove the failed prosthesis.

"In my view, the financial burden of additional patient follow-up and surgeries should be borne by the manufacturer and not the NHS.

"I would encourage any patients with concerns to contact their GP or treating surgeon in the first instance for medical advice.”
The Consumer Law and Product Safety team at Leigh Day specialise in bringing claims against manufacturers of medical devices

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