According to Health Research Funding, over 4.5 million Americans have at least one total knee replacement, with over 54,000 of these surgeries being performed annually. Approximately 95 percent of patients who have had a knee replacement are happy with their decision.
However, if you are one of many knee surgery patients who received a defective knee implant, you are likely in the five percent who are not happy with their decision. You may be wondering if you have any legal recourse.
Fortunately, a qualified knee replacement lawyer may be able to help you recover from your damages both physically and financially. Contact a trusted mass torts attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case.
How Common Are Knee Replacement Device Procedures?
With a growing Baby Boomer population and obesity problem in America, knee replacements have been on a significant rise over the last two decades. In fact, joint replacement in this country has become a $7 billion industry. High demand and the potential for notable profits have caused knee replacement manufacturers such as DePuy and Stryker to rush to get their products on the market and into the hands of surgeons.
Under 21 CFR 807 Subpart E, the FDA allows medical device manufacturers to apply for the 510(k) premarket program. This program gives manufacturers the opportunity to bring their device onto the market with only limited testing, as long as a similar product has already been placed on the market for use.
However, during the course of this profit-driven rush to market, these knee replacements are not always tested for short-term use. As a result, many of the knee replacements approved for this market are now failing at an astonishingly high rate.
Understanding the Risks of HVC Bone Cement
Another potential problem with knee replacements is the use of HVC bone cement. This is an epoxy cement used by surgeons to attach the components of a knee implant to a patient’s bone during a total knee replacement. HVC stands for high-viscosity cement, which has shorter mixing and waiting times than lower viscosity cement.
While HVC is less time-consuming and more convenient than other options, there is growing evidence that it does not produce as dependable of a bond as its alternatives. Even when used with a high-quality well-performing implant, adverse results can occur. Side effects of defective HVC include:
- Implant loosening and debonding
- Unusual swelling at the joint site
- Decreased range of motion
- Persistent pain
- New chronic pain
- Pulmonary embolism
- Bone Cement Implantation syndrome
Speak with a Knee Replacement Attorney
If you believe or were told by a physician that you received a faulty knee replacement, have one that is causing problems, or experienced any of the above symptoms from HVC, you may benefit from the representation of a skilled knee replacement lawyer. Call today to find out if you have a legal case regarding your knee replacement.
Depending on the circumstances, you may be eligible to seek compensation through what is known as a mass tort. The benefit of these types of lawsuits is that there could be hundreds of thousands of other patients experiencing the same problems, which gives credibility to your claim and may increase your chances of recovering financially for your injuries.