Are you or a loved one suffering from painful bone cement side effects? 

We are accepting certain cases for a defective bone cement lawsuit. If you've experienced pain and swelling, or suspect that debonding may be occurring, please contact us right away for a free consultation.

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What is Bone Cement?

Orthopedic surgeons use a range of bone cements for different types of surgeries. The cement acts as a glue, adhering to bones and securing components used in a variety of procedures.

If you’ve had a joint replacement, there’s a good chance your surgeon used a bone cement in the process. The cement is often infused with antibiotics to prevent infections, particularly in joint surgeries, when bacteria can cause painful and dangerous post-surgery complications.

The biggest variation among bone cements is the viscosity, meaning how thin or thick it is. In some surgeries, a thin, runny viscosity cement works best while a thicker, peanut butter-like texture, may be more suitable in others. 

During total knee replacement, the joint is removed and replaced with prosthesis of metal, ceramic or plastic components. The procedure 

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involves attaching the components of the new knee joint to the femur and tibia using an epoxy cement. Widespread use of high-viscosity cement is a relatively recent development as it offers surgeons shorter mixing and waiting times as well as longer working and hardening phases when compared with low- or medium-viscosity cements.

While high-viscosity cement may be more convenient for the surgeon, research has shown an increasing evidence that the bond produced with high-viscosity cement is not as strong and has resulted in an increasing number of early failures due to debonding. The components that were supposed to be joined together with the bones may not hold properly, causing complications such as instability, pain and swelling in the affected limbs.

Bone Cement Complications

Bone cement is classified as a medical device, so these products are subject to review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But when numerous cases of debonding occur, it’s clear that one of two things has gone wrong: either the cement isn’t holding the way it was supposed to or there’s an issue with the implant components.

Because complications related to debonding are on the rise, Van Wey Law has been investigating cases involving higher-viscosity bone cement.

There is always a risk of debonding with complex surgeries, and it’s not always clear whether the cement is to blame. Different components, such as knee replacement implants, can have rougher or smoother surface textures that influence the strength of the bond.

Because complications related to debonding are on the rise, Van Wey Law has been investigating cases involving higher-viscosity bone cement.

However, what makes high-viscosity cement concerning is that the rates of debonding with high-viscosity cement are much higher than with medium- to low-viscosity products, even when they’re used in the same types of procedures with the same components. Research is emerging that shows manufacturers may have overstated the effectiveness of high-viscosity cements, and that over-hyped marketing may have led surgeons to use these products in procedures that would have been better served by more traditional cements.

Common Bone Cement Side Effects

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Patients suffering from bone cement debonding typically start seeing symptoms within one to two years after their surgeries. Sometimes human error is involved in the debonding. If you suffer a hard fall after a knee replacement and you begin to experience pain or loosening, it’s not necessarily because of defective cement.

It’s also important to re-establish a baseline through physical therapy before determining whether the component feels loose or otherwise uncomfortable. The first few months following a joint surgery are very challenging, and it can take some time to regain full mobility.

But if you experience pain and swelling following that period, or you feel the joint moving in ways it didn’t immediately after surgery, you may be experiencing debonding, once of the most common bone cement side effects.

If you feel any of these symptoms, it’s important to see your orthopedic doctor right away. Ideally, they’ll be able to remedy the situation without revision surgery, though sometimes a second surgery is necessary to avoid further complications.

Approval of Bone Cement

Some manufacturers of high-viscosity bone-cement fought to gain approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by claiming there product was “substantially equivalent” to other bone cements on the market. This allowed high-viscosity cement to be cleared under the FDA’s 510(k) fast-track approval process which does not require products to demonstrate their safety and efficacy.

Do You Have a Case for a Bone Cement Lawsuit?

Van Wey Law believes there is sufficient evidence indicating that some bone cement manufacturers put defective products on the market. These products have caused patients physical, emotional, and financial distress, and we encourage you to seek legal advice if you believe you may be suffering from joint replacement failure or bone cement complications. Our goal in these scenarios is to help our clients by restoring them to their previous circumstances as much as possible.

These products have caused patients physical, emotional, and financial distress, and we encourage you to seek legal advice if you believe you may be suffering from joint replacement failure or bone cement complications.

In some cases, victims are forced to live with the pain and discomfort because a second surgery is too high-risk based on their age or physical conditions. Regardless of whether your situation resulted in a revision surgery, our product liability attorneys are here to help.

Hiring A Bone Cement Lawsuit Attorney

If you’re experiencing bone cement side effects or suspect that debonding may be occurring, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible. We would encourage you to talk to your doctor to find out what’s going on and get professional medical advise as to your next steps. Our product liability team will want to find out what types of components were used in your surgery so we can determine whether you might have a case.

Joint replacement surgeries are challenging enough once, but having to experience them twice – or live with the consequences of defective devices – can be excruciating. If you or a loved one has experienced complications from knee replacement surgery, including new onset chronic pain, instability, or loosening or debonding, please contact the product liability team at Van Wey Law as soon as possible to help protect your rights. 

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