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Stryker Can't Dodge Lawsuit Over Experimental Metal-on-Metal Spinal Disc

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 3:57pm
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A Pennsylvania court dismisses most of the claims against orthopedic devices maker Stryker in a patient injury lawsuit over the CerviCore artificial disc implants, but the case will move forward with allegations of negligence.

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Medical devices maker Stryker (NYSE:SYK) wasn't able to dodge all of the claims in a patient injury lawsuit over its CerviCore artificial disc implants, and the case will move forward.

Plaintiff Melinda Killen filled a lawsuit against Stryker's spinal division on allegations that the company's experimental CerviCore device caused her to need multiple revision and fusion surgeries and left her with severe pain, discomfort, numbness and weakness, among other symptoms.

Unlike fusion surgery, the CerviCore metal-on-metal vertebral implant was designed to "allow a patient to maintain normal ranges of motion in their cervical spine following implantation" and could purportedly reduce recovery time following surgery, according to court documents.

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