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Watch for Symptoms of Knee Replacement Failures

KneeImagine suffering years of arthritis pain in your knee. You cannot walk, climb stairs, sit to use the toilet, and sometimes even rest without excruciating pain. Patients with this pain try medication, injections, and physical therapy — often with no relief.

Knee replacement surgery is one of the most common bone surgeries in the United States. Also known as arthroplasty, this surgical procedure replaces all of the diseased, weight-bearing surfaces of a “bad” knee with an artificial joint composed of metal alloys, high-grade plastics, and polymers.

What a terrible disappointment would it be to endure the pain, the surgery, and finally the rehabilitation to then have the new knee fail. This situation is a reality for a significant portion of the population that unknowingly received a defective prosthetic.

Pain is Expected

Pain while recovering from any surgery is to be expect — everything in the site is healing, including the nerves that send the pain signals. Fortunately, approximately 90 percent of knee replacement patients make a full recovery, and their device lasts for 20 years. However, not only do some not recover, but their pain inexplicably intensifies.

The four most common causes of persistent knee replacement pain include:

  • Loosening or wearing out of the implant;
  • Infection;
  • Patellofemoral problems; or
  • Misalignment.
When the Replacement is a Problem

Repeatedly, we discover that pain originates directly from the replacement itself. Unfortunately, when the product prematurely fails, revision surgery is often the only solution. These operations are more painful than the original, an frequently create more damage to the viable bone, have a more extended recovery period, and are prone to infection. These possibilities are just a few of the reasons why we all want the best prosthetic the first time; however, manufacturers continue finding errors in their devices.

On April 10, 2013, Stryker Orthopedics issued a Class 1 recall. A Class 1 is the most severe recall, and indicates sufficient evidence that use of the product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death. Another company, DePuy, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, announced yet another knee replacement recall in December of 2017, which includes 7,500 knees. This recall is the eighth one the company issued since February 2014.

Did Your Knee Replacement Fail?

If you or a loved one require a painful revision or reconstructive surgery, a Santa Clara County, CA defective medical device attorney can help. The lawyers at Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. have a well-regarded reputation backed by the extensive experience of helping victims like you earn the compensation needed to cover the medical costs, lost wages, and the pain and suffering you and your family endure. Let us help you explore your legal options with a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. Call us at (408) 289-1417 to get started.

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