The Stryker orthopedic company is once again under FDA scrutiny after the release of a class 1 recall due to increasing fracture reports regarding their OASYS Midline Occiput Plate. The OASYS system, used to treat patients suffering from spinal problems, has been cited by the FDA as a potential health hazard, with fracture cases reporting blood loss, nerve injury, and revision surgery to replace the broken implant.
Earlier this year, Stryker requested that all medical facilities examine their inventory and stop distribution of recalled lots immediately. Patients who had already received the OASYS Midline plate were requested to undergo post-operative evaluation for potential complications.
The OASYS recall is just one in an increasing series of recalls surrounding the Stryker corporation and their defective implants. If you have been fitted with a Stryker implant and begin experiencing any symptoms or complications due to the device, it is recommended that you contact a medical professional immediately. Patients experiencing pain, weakness, or numbness may require further surgeries and follow up care as needed.
As always, it is important to understand your rights when dealing with defective medical products. If you have been injured as a result of a defective implant you should contact an attorney immediately. Staying informed is the first step towards staying healthy.