Knee replacement surgery is the most popular form of replacement surgery performed in the United States. The current form of this surgery has been around since the 1970’s and has been performed on millions of patients. Approximately 200,000-300,000 knee replacement surgeries are performed in the U.S. each year.
As a patient and the recipient of a new knee implant, you should do your own research along with questioning your physician as to which knee replacement products are reliable and have a good history of quality and longevity.
There have been many cases of patients having detrimental problems due to defective knee implants. Knee implant manufacturer Smith & Nephew voluntarily recalled two types of its knee implant products. The first was the Oxinium Genesis II and the second was the Profix II implants.
The new forms of implants worked better and more efficiently than the cobalt and titanium knee replacements used in the past. By reducing the amount of resistance and rubbing between replacement components that surround tissue areas, the newer replacements were more comfortable and caused less long term discomfort for the recipients.
These cementless knee implants were recalled because they did not bond properly to the bone. Many patients that received these implants had to undergo revision surgeries and risk suffering:
- Joint damage
- Tissue damage
- Muscle damage
- Swelling and inflammation
- More rehabilitation
If you or someone you love has undergone knee replacement surgery and are concerned that you may have received a faulty implant, please contact the law offices of Robbins & Associates today for advice.