On July 11, 2013, DePuy Orthopaedics issued a recall of its Limb Preservation System (LPS) Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary Component. DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, determined that the intercalary component could fracture, leading to severe side effects that could necessitate revision surgery. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designated the event as a Class I recall because “there is a reasonable probability that the use of or exposure to a violative product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.”
What Is the DePuy LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary Component?
DePuy’s LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary Component replaces the middle of the thigh bone when it must be removed for medical reasons. The component consists of four parts: two “male” and “female” cylinders that interlock (“dovetail”) to replace the removed thigh bone, and two pins inserted into the thigh bone to lock the two cylinders in place.
The DePuy LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary Component Might Cause Life-Threatening Side Effects
According to the FDA’s recall announcement, even under normal weight loads, the female component of the device can fracture at the dovetail where it interlocks with the male component. If a fracture occurs, the following side effects can result:
- Loss of function
- Loss of limb
- Neurovascular injury
- Need for revision surgery
The FDA also notes that patients who weigh more than 200 pounds or regularly engage in strenuous physical activity are at higher risk of fracture.
In its recall announcement, the FDA also lists the affected lot numbers. They were manufactured between February 2007 and May 2013.
RLG’s DePuy LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary Component Lawyers Will Make Things Easier
The process of demanding compensation for the harm you’ve suffered can be complicated, even if it doesn’t seem fair that you should have to go through even more trouble to be made whole again. The lawyers at the Rottenstein Law Group believe that obtaining legal satisfaction from those who harmed you shouldn’t require more hardship. That’s why we do everything we can to streamline the process, and we will file a DePuy LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary Component lawsuit on your behalf if necessary. RLG will also keep you up to date on any DePuy LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary Component class action lawsuits, FDA DePuy LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary Component warnings, and additional DePuy LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary Component FDA recall announcements. If you or a loved one received a DePuy LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary Component, and you believe it caused an injury, contact RLG today.