Knee Replacement Lawyers
When you walk, play with your kids, do your shopping, or take part in any daily activity, you may be putting force equal to as much as 20 times your body weight on your knees. It’s no surprise, then, that as many as 719,000 people in the U.S. have knee replacement surgery each year.
Problems with the Smith & Nephew Knee
One of the options for knee replacement is the Smith & Nephew knee implant—although this may not be the best choice for consumers. In recent decades, there have been 11 recalls of Smith & Nephew knee implants and their related tools and components. Safepatientproject.org reports that these recalls were due to many reasons including mispackaging, issues with tool sterility, and incorrect drill guide markings. Oxinium Genesis II and Oxinium Profix II knee implant devices were recalled in 2003 when patient reports of pain, loose implants and need for repeated surgeries grew past expected numbers. In 2008, Smith & Nephew recalled their TC-PLUS, VKS and RT-PLUS knee implants because of incorrect reporting of the iron content of the composition of metal components. Recalls related to the likelihood of fracture were issued for the Journey Uni Tibial base plate in 2010.
Zimmer NexGen Knee Study
The NexGen Complete Knee Solution hit the American market back in 1994, following FDA approval through the agency’s controversial 501(k) “fast track” process. Zimmer was able to achieve great success with the knee replacement components. By 2001, Zimmer was ready to introduce its NexGen “Flex” products, which were characterized by cement-free technology and the availability of gender-specific implants. However, it was not long before widespread reports of problems emerged, with many critics describing the components as dangerous to patients.
According to now widely-cited research, 36 percent of individuals receiving Zimmer CR-Flex knee components ultimately experienced loosening of the joints within two years of surgical placement. 8.3 percent of those individuals were forced to undergo painful revision surgery during that same window.
Most knee implant patients expect 10 to 20 years or more from their knee replacements. But patients are reporting failures with Smith & Nephew knees in as few as 21 months. Those failures mean pain, loss of stability in the joint, revision surgeries, and bone loss that may require heavier, larger implants in the future.
Knee Replacement Lawyer Referral For Defective Product Lawsuits
If you have a Smith & Nephew knee implant you may have suffered infection due to non-sterile packaging and delays during surgery because of mislabeled components. If you suffered infection, repeat surgeries or delayed recovery from knee replacement surgery, you deserve compensation from the manufacturer, and Pravati Legal Networks wants to help you get it. At Pravati Legal Networks, we can match you to a Knee Replacement Lawyer who has experience winning cases against medical device manufacturers and who understands the most effective way to win these cases. Because we understand the financial pressures facing plaintiffs, we’ve built our nationwide network to include knee replacement lawyers who work with no retainer or upfront fee, which means they don’t get paid until you do.