Calaxoreg Bone Screw and ACL Injuries


Before it was recalled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in November 2007, the dissolvable Calaxo bone screw was used in knee surgeries in the United States and overseas.

The Calaxo bone screw, also known as the “Calaxo Osteoconductive Interference Screw,” was implanted during surgery to help secure the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) while it was being repaired.

The screws were supposed to dissolve in the knee over time; however, in some cases bone screws were dissolving early and led to serious problems in some users.

Calaxo Bone Screw Recalled from the Market

The product was on the market between March 2006 and August 2007. In August 2007, the manufacturer recalled the bone screws, citing potential graft failure and premature material degradation. This meant the screws dissolved too soon in some cases and the joints they were meant to help hold together were falling apart in patients’ knees.

Symptoms associated include:

  • fever
  • persistent and sometimes severe pain around the knee
  • redness and signs of infection at the incision
  • swelling around the knee due to fluid buildup

What Is the ACL and How Is It Injured?

The ACL is one of the four major ligaments in the knee and is the most commonly injured knee ligament. The ACL is usually torn by sudden twisting or stretching of the leg, or by a sharp blow to the knee. Typically the injured person will hear a popping sound when the ACL is torn, accompanied by minor pain. The pain progresses, however, and becomes quite severe in some cases. Swelling and a feeling of looseness also occurs.

What Should I Do if I Think a Calaxo Bone Screw Was Used in My ACL Surgery?

If you or someone you care about had an ACL surgery between March 2006 and August 2007 and suffered severe pain, swelling, inflammation, and fever, or if you had to have a second knee surgery because the first graft failed, call our defective product lawyers today.

Calaxo® is a registered trademark of Smith & Nephew and is used here only to identify the product in question. This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with Smith & Nephew or any of its subsidiaries.

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