Knee replacement surgery is a very common procedure and can make a huge difference in the quality of life for someone suffering from chronic knee pain. Recently, however, many brands of the knee or hip implants are going bad years earlier than expected. Some are failing after shortly after the procedure. Companies that make knee implants originally designed them for short-term use in elderly patients who had a shorter life expectancy. Baby boomers and younger patients who had the knee or hip replacement surgeries expected their implants to last decades. In many cases, there is little research or testing of the knee replacement systems and on their long-term and thousands of patients are suffering complications from the failed knee replaces.
DePuy Attune, Zimmer, Arthrex and Exactech Optetrak knee replacement systems are liked to severe knee replacement side effects. In some cases, patients required revision surgeries or new knee replacement surgery to correct the medical problems created by defective knee replacement devices.
Some of the complications associated with the defective knee replacement devices include:
- Mobility issues
- Instability Problems
- Disassociation of implant
- Loosening of implant
- Change in component position
- Kneecap moves out of place (also medically termed Patello-Femoral Tracking-Lateral Release)
DePuy Orthopedics Knee Replacement Recalls
The DePuy Attune knee system is one of the most widely used knee replacement devices on the market today. However, the FDA reports getting complaints of problems with the device that triggered additional painful surgeries. In 2016, two large awards were issued for patients in their DePuy Pinnacle knee replacement lawsuits. In one, a jury in Texas ordered DePuy to pay more than $1 billion to a group of six patients, who claimed they suffered injuries as a result of their DePuy Pinnacle implant. That same year, another Texas jury awarded almost $500 million to five plaintiffs in their Pinnacle lawsuit.
Reasons given to the FDA for the knee implant failure include:
- Failure to bond
- Worn components
- Metal debris shedding
- Loss of the bone’s attachment with the implant
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall in June 2015 of the Attune knee tibial articulation surface instruments. Attune knee tibial Articulation Surface Instruments. A small wire spring coil, or Balseal, which is part of the instrument, is used during the knee replacement surgery to test the range of motion of the implant to make sure that the tibia is in the right location.
Attune knee implant patients have also complained of severe pain and knee implants that fail only a couple of years after the knee replacement surgery. According to reports, the early failure is caused by the tibial baseplate becoming loose, causing pain, infection, inflammation and other injuries to the surrounding bone or muscle.
Zimmer Persona Knee Replacement
The FDA issued a Class 2 Recall Notice for the Zimmer Persona tibial plates in 2015. More than 12,000 of these potential defective knee replacement devices were used in surgeries over the years.
Similar to other metal on metal knee replacement devices, patients who received a defective Durom Cup replacement experienced serious and painful side effects such as:
- Pain in the hip, groin or thigh
- Inflammation or swelling
- Death of the tissue in the joint
- Loss of surrounding bone
- Metal Poisoning or metallosis
Several recalls have been issued by knee implant makers over defects in either the design or construction of the implants. Three companies that have issued recalls of their knee implants are DePuy (Attune knee implant), Arthrex, and Exactech.
Arthrex Knee Replacement Device Failure
Arthrex issued a recall for its Arthrex iBalance TKA Tibial Tray in December 2015 after discovering a smooth texture on the implants on the outer part of the knee implant. This smooth texture made it incompatible with other with previous models that had a rough texture.
The Arthrex iBalance TKA Tibial Tray is part of the Arthrex iBalance Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) System. It was created for the purpose of treating multi-compartmental knee cartilage degeneration caused by osteoarthritis or post-traumatic arthrosis.
The iBalance TKA was marketed by Arthrex as another option besides conventional total knee replacement. Its design is supposed to reduce the need for more surgeries to have metal plates and screws removed.
Knee replacement patients have reportedly suffered from complications after having the iBalance TKA implanted, leading to the need for revision surgery.
Exactech Knee Implant Failures
The FDA received reports that the Exactech Optetrak knee replacement components were failing prematurely. This knee implant failure was reportedly caused by tibial insert wear and tear of the implant. Exactech Optetrak knee implant failure has caused several patients to undergo revision surgery to address the adverse side effects.
At Ollennu, Green & Associates, we have a comprehensive approach to handling Defective Knee Replacement Cases. Our approach has proven successful time and time again for our clients. We possess the knowledge, innovation, and resources required to effectively handle all defective medical products and defective medications claims or lawsuits all the way through trial if necessary.
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What Should I Do If I have a Defective Knee Replacement System Right Now?
Call our firm that handles Defective Medical Device Claims and hire an Attorney immediately. You need an experienced medical product liability attorney to represent you. Right now anyone not eligible and willing to participate in a settlement must still litigate their case in court.
Should I wait to file my claim?
Don’t wait. By law, you only have a limited period of time to file your Defective Knee Replacement case. Even if you haven’t had a revision surgery to replace the recalled defective implant, you may still be able to file a case in court to protect your rights.
Should I sign the offer made to me by the Device Company?
Don’t sign anything at all. First consult with an attorney who handles Defective Knee Replacement cases. Otherwise, you could sign away important rights.
I do not have symptoms yet, what should I do?
If you do not show any symptoms, you should still talk to your orthopedic surgeon, an internist, and a knowledgeable attorney because you may have other hidden problems from the Defective Knee Replacement system, such as cobalt chromium metal poisoning in your bloodstream or in the tissue around your defective replacement device.
What information do I need for a review of my Defective Knee Replacement Case?
The orthopedic surgeon’s office chart which can be obtained by the Attorney reviewing your matter
The operative reports for the original joint replacement surgery and the revision surgery
The device record for the original surgery from the hospital chart (this shows the product and lot numbers of the components of the device).
Filing a Defective Knee Replacement Implant lawsuit can help offset costs caused by the implant failure, including:
- Hospital & medical bills
- Long-term medical care
- Pain & suffering
- Revision surgery
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Permanent Disability