Are you or a loved one suffering painful side effects from a defective knee replacement?
Please contact our experienced attorneys to discuss next steps for a knee replacement lawsuit.
Why Do Patients Need A Knee Replacement?
Every year in the U.S., surgeons perform 600,000 knee replacement procedures. The reasons for these procedures vary by patient, though many are related to degenerative conditions and the natural wear-and-tear associated with aging.
People who suffered torn ACLs or MCLs years ago, before technology became more sophisticated, may need knee replacements as well. In the past, surgeons would remove the torn cartilage rather than repairing it, leaving less support and cushion material around the joints.
When knee joints deteriorate, patients can experience painful bone spurs and the cartilage is less effective at shock absorption. If the pain becomes unmanageable and is detracting from a person’s quality of life, they often choose to undergo knee replacement surgery.
This decision isn’t taken lightly, as knee replacements are major operations and require months of recovery and physical therapy. However, many people opt for the surgery because effective knee replacements provide significant relief by alleviating strain on the deteriorating bones, and they’re typically designed to last for 15 to 20 years.
Unfortunately, not all cases turn out as expected. When patients experience complications in the first few years following a knee replacement surgery, it is highly possible that the procedure may have involved a defective medical device.
Signs of a Defective Knee Replacement Component
The months immediately after a knee replacement surgery are physically challenging and require extensive physical therapy. It’s difficult to say whether the pain and swelling experienced during this initial period are related to a defective component or whether they're a normal part of the healing process.
When patients experience complications in the first few years following a knee replacement surgery, it is highly possible that the procedure may have involved a defective medical device.
Once a patient has sufficiently recovered to a new baseline mobility level, the pain and swelling should resolve. But if they continue to experience these symptoms or begin feeling that the joint is loose, they should see their doctor right away.
The orthopedic surgeon will typically do an X-ray or CT scan to find out what is causing the ongoing issues. Patients have an unusual physiological response to an implanted medical devices or the component device may have been placed improperly.
But if these causes are ruled out, is it highly possible that either the joint replacement component or the bone cement used to secure it in place – may have been defective. For example, in recent years, there have been a number of cases in which DePuy Attune Knee Replacements were found to be defective, causing patients pain and swelling and, in extreme circumstances, leaving them few options except to undergo a second surgery.
Do You Have A Knee Replacement Lawsuit?
If you experience pain or discomfort or feel your knee replacement is looser or less stable than it was right after surgery, the first thing to do is see your doctor. The sooner you get medical feedback, the greater the
chance that your doctor will be able to help you without having to undergo a second revision surgery. Your doctor will be able to tell you whether a loose component is causing the problem, in which case you may want to speak with a lawyer.
When patients approach Van Wey Law about a potential knee replacement lawsuit, we gather evidence to examine their case. This includes meeting with their doctors and care providers and requesting medical records related to the surgery.
If you experience pain or discomfort or feel your knee replacement is looser or less stable than it was right after surgery, the first thing to do is see your doctor.
We’ll also want to know which manufacturer made the components used in their surgery. Some companies are more reputable than others, and just because a device fails does not necessarily mean it was defective.
But in knee replacement lawsuits where products have a track record of being faulty, there may be legal grounds for a recovery. If you are experiencing ongoing complications from a knee replacement, we would encourage you to contact an experienced product liability firm that can investigate your potential claim to determine whether you might have grounds for a recovery.
No one can give back the months and years consumed by complications from knee replacement surgery, but if you believe you or a loved continues to experience knee replacement related complications, contact the experienced knee replacement lawyers at Van Wey Law to schedule a free consultation. We’ll discuss your circumstances and help you determine whether you have a case.