DePuy Synthes 4.5mm VA-LCP Curved Condylar Plate Lawsuit

Patients who experienced breakage and failure of a DePuy Synthes 4.5mm VA-LCP Curved Condylar Plate following surgery to treat a distal femur (thighbone) fracture may be entitled to file a lawsuit for financial compensation.

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The medical device attorneys at the nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP are evaluating legal claims on behalf of individuals who underwent revision surgery due to the breakage or failure of the DePuy Synthes 4.5mm VA-LCP Curved Condylar Plate following surgery to treat a distal femur fracture.

To learn if you qualify to file a DePuy Synthes 4.5mm VA-LCP Curved Condylar Plate lawsuit, please contact our office at (888) 994-5118 for a free, no-obligation review of your case.

DePuy Synthes 4.5mm VA-LCP Curved Condylar Plate

The DePuy Synthes 4.5mm VA-LCP Curved Condylar Plate is a locking compression plate used to treat distal femur fractures, a type of fracture that occurs where the thighbone flares out just above the knee.

Distal femur fractures are extremely difficult to treat, in part because of the curved shape of the femur where it joins with the knee. This part of the thighbone often shatters into multiple pieces when it breaks, adding to the complexity of treatment.

The DePuy Synthes 4.5mm VA-LCP Curved Condylar Plate is made of stainless steel and titanium alloy. A series of predrilled holes line the length of the plate. During surgery, the plate is attached to the femur to hold the broken bones in place as they heal.

DePuy Synthes 4.5mm VA-LCP Curved Condylar Plate: What’s the Problem?

Unfortunately, a growing number of reports from both researchers and healthcare providers suggest that the VA-LCP Curved Condylar Plate may be associated with a high rate of premature failure and breakage.  For example:

  • A search of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) medical device database conducted in January 2018 uncovered more than 200 adverse event reports related to the VA-LCP Curved Condylar Plate, including many cases of breakage and failure.
  • A study published in the January 2016 issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma reported that the rate of premature failure associated with the Synthes variable angle locking compression plate (VA-LCP) was significantly higher compared to another type of plate and occurred more frequently with certain types of fractures. The authors of the study even cautioned “against the use of this plate for metaphyseal fragmented distal femur fractures.”
  • Research presented in March 2017 at the Orthopaedic Research Society’s annual conference described similar failures involving the DePuy Synthes 4.5mm VA-LCP Curved Condylar Plates.

DePuy Synthes 4.5mm VA-LCP Curved Condylar Plate Failure

The consequences of DePuy Synthes VA-LCP Curved Condylar Plate failure are serious and may result in:

  • Inability to walk or use the leg
  • Renewed bone fracture
  • Failure of the bone to heal
  • Sudden and continued pain

Patients who experience failure of the device will need to undergo revision surgery to repair and replace the implant.

Learn More About Filing a DePuy Synthes 4.5mm VA-LCP Curved Condylar Plate Lawsuit

Victims of DePuy Synthes 4.5mm VA-LCP Curved Condylar Plate failures may be entitled to compensation for the losses and damages related to their injuries, including:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Permanent disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • More

To learn more about filing a DePuy Synthes 4.5mm VA-LCP Curved Condylar Plate lawsuit, please call our office at (888) 994-5118 to arrange for your free, no-obligation case review.

  1. DePuy Synthes (N.D.) “4.5mm VA-LCP Curved Condylar Plate Part of the Variable Angle Periarticular Plating System”  http://synthes.vo.llnwd.net/o16/LLNWMB8/US%20Mobile/Synthes%20North%20America/Product%20Support%20Materials/Technique%20Guides/SUTG4.5VA-LCPCurvedCondylarJ10446D.pdf
  2. FDA (2018) “MAUDE – Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience”  https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfmaude/search.cfm
  3. Journal of Orthopedic Trauma (2016) “Early Mechanical Failures of the Synthes Variable Locking Distal Femur Plate” https://journals.lww.com/jorthotrauma/Abstract/2016/01000/Early_Mechanical_Failures_of_the_Synthes_Variable.10.aspx
  4. Orthopedic Research Society (2017) “Failure of DePuy Synthes VA-LCP Curved Condylar Plate in the Management of OTA/AO 33-A3.3 Fractures – Does Filling Open Screw Holes Make a Difference?”  https://www.ors.org/Transactions/63/2429.pdf
Last Modified: April 27, 2018

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