Knee replacement products also eventually wear to the point that a revision procedure may be necessary. Knee implants bear a large amount of weight anytime the patient is putting pressure on that limb. Over time, the mechanical components of the implant will wear down and require replacement. Other factors besides wear can also lead to a revision surgery of an artificial joint, including misalignment, loosening, failure of the device to bond to healthy bone, the presence of foreign material, and infection. Revision surgery on a knee implant is also substantially more risky than the initial knee implant surgery. All the risks that are associated with the original operation are present in a joint revision surgery; however, those risks are increased. There is also the risk that the revision operation can result in the patient having a shorter limb or less range of motion in the knee or other joint. The decision to have revision surgery on a knee implant can be very frustrating and difficult. This frustration and anger can grow by multiples if the knee replacement is defective from the manufacturer and forces the individual to have an additional operation due to manufacturer error.
Similar to defective hip replacement systems, there are also numerous issues that have come to light with knee implant products.
It is important to note that just because a hip or knee implant device has not been recalled does not mean that it is not defective. Manufacturers strenuously resist calls to remove a device from the market, despite strong evidence from patients and doctors indicating that a device is unsafe. Keefe Law Firm has successfully litigated hundreds of medical device implant claims involving devices that were never recalled. If you or a loved one has a knee or hip implant device that has failed and been removed, please contact us today for a free consultation.