Severe Knee Injuries from Calaxo Screws Reported

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The Calaxo bone screw, developed to replace metal screws during knee surgeries for Anterior Cruciate Ligaments (ACL), is believed to be responsible for several severe  side effects in patients. Composed of bioabsorbable polymer and calcium carbonate, the Calaxo screw is designed to simulate human bone and later be absorbed by the body within twelve months after surgery.

Side Effects of Calaxo Bone Screws

Although it was approved for use by the FDA in March 2006, many patients continue to report pain from side effects that include:

  • Swelling
  • Fluid build-up around the knee
  • Redness around the joint
  • Loss of flexibility in the knee area
  • Screw fragmentation
  • Localized joint or knee pain

Many of them end up requiring either physical therapy or subsequent surgery to alleviate these side effects.

In total, the FDA estimates that 68,000 units of the screw were recalled after the manufacturer, Smith & Nephew, issued a voluntary recall in August of 2007. 

If you or a loved one has suffered injury or severe side effects from the use of Calaxo bone screws, contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at Carr & Carr today.  We have over 36 years of helping injured people obtain the compensation they deserve.