Implanted with a Wright/Tornier Shoulder Replacement Device. Then Your Case may be Worth Pursuing Legally

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in Medical Malpractice

Implanted with a Wright/Tornier Shoulder Replacement Device. Then Your Case may be Worth Pursuing Legally

The first shoulder replacement surgery was performed in the U.S. during the 1950s. The surgical procedure involved the removal of damaged shoulder parts, replacing these with artificial components, called a prosthesis (artificial component materials are typically metal or durable plastic). This had to be performed, by the way to treat a severe shoulder fracture.

The shoulder is made up of three bones that are surrounded and protected by ligaments and muscles, and lubricated by a smooth substance to enable it to move easily and rotate in a great range of motion, greater than any other ball-and-socket joint in the human body.

However, despite all the protection and support that provide stability to the shoulder joint, certain conditions and diseases cause the shoulder bones fracture, resulting to inflammation, extreme joint pain or a limited range of shoulder motion. To remedy this shoulder problem, and if the more conservative methods cannot provide solutions, what doctors recommended is a shoulder replacement surgery.

Shoulder replacement surgery is a safe procedure for providing pain relief and for restoring shoulder motion, function and strength. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), says that about 53,000 people in the U.S. undergo shoulder replacement surgery or shoulder arthroplasty every year.

Shoulder replacement surgery can only be safe, however, if the prosthesis implanted is not a faulty replacement device, otherwise, instead of increased function and minimized pain, the surgery will only cause much more, additional medical expenses and the need for corrective surgery.

One device that is said to be causing greater harm than good in patients is the Wright/Tornier shoulder replacement device. Doctors and patients say that the defectively designed Wright and Tornier shoulder replacement products have only caused these devices to fail immediately after implant. In many other cases, instead of delivering the promised corrective solution to shoulder pain, these have only caused harmful effects, such as metal poisoning, bone and tissue damage, implantation failure, dislocation of implanted parts and revision surgery.

Though there are other shoulder replacement devices available, focus now is just centered on the ones designed by Wright Medical Technology, Inc. and Tornier, Inc. due to additional injuries in patients including significant bone loss, instability, weakness, and unexplained pain, (aside from the ones already mentioned above).

It may be advisable for patients who experience increased shoulder pain or limited mobility following the implantation of a Wright or Tornier shoulder replacement device to consult with shoulder replacement lawsuit attorneys immediately for advice as to whether their case is worth pursuing legally.

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