Stryker has announced the recall of the OASYS Midline Occiput plate spinal implant due to concerns about the possibility of patient adversity. The pin that keeps the plate body and the tulip head of the devices connected is apparently in danger of suffering a fracture. When this occurs, it can do damage to the patient’s nerves and cause them to lose blood. Patients would also potentially have to submit to a revision surgery in order to get a new implant that doesn’t suffer from the issue. Medical professionals are being asked to cease providing affected products to patients, while those surgeons who know they’ve already implanted the items are being asked to monitor patients for adversity. Any reports of pain or weakness should prompt an immediate check-up.
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