Signs an Elbow Radial Head Replacement Has Gone Bad

Doctor examining a man's elbow.

The Purpose of Radial Head Replacements

The radial head is a part of your radius bone located just below your elbow. When a fracture occurs in this area, it can be excruciating. According to the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, typically, radial head fractures do not need surgery. However, if the fracture is broken into many small pieces, it may not be repairable, and a radial head replacement is necessary. However, some latest radial head implant recalls have brought some complications to light. Learn more:

The Latest Recalls of Radial Head Replacements

Radial head implants have been recalled due to the implant loosening, disengaging, or dislodging from the bone. Specifically, the DePuy Synthes elbow replacement is categorized as a class 2 device recall by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Here are some other radial implant products that may pose complications:

  • Stryker Head/Lateral Assembly Radial Head
  • Stem Implant System
  • Acumed Slide-Loc Radial Head Implant System

Read on to learn the warning signs that your elbow radial head implant may malfunction.

Warning Signs of a Bad Radial Head Replacement

After a radial head replacement, you expect to feel relief within a reasonable amount of time post-surgery. However, when a radial head loosens or disengages from the bone, it can cause the following complications:

  • Loss of bone tissue
  • Pain and stiffness
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Post-operative fractures
  • Poor joint function

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it’s critical to let your doctor know and seek medical care.

What to Do After Radial Head Implant Failure

If you or a loved one have experienced problems with your radial head implant, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Houssiere Durant & Houssiere, LLP has 40 years of experience in helping victims seek justice after being harmed by dangerous products. We are here to lend you support and protect your rights.

Contact our national lawyers today at (800) 914-2894 for a free consultation.

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