Our lawyers are reviewing potential lawsuits for people who needed revision surgery or suffered complications after undergoing knee replacement with implants manufactured by Arthrex.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one had problems following knee replacement surgery, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
What is the iBalance Total Knee Arthroplasty System?
The Arthrex iBalance Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) System was designed for use in a knee surgery called proximal tibial opening wedge osteotomy, using an implant which is placed within the tibia to align the osteotomy. The device is intended for patients with severe arthritis or knee injuries. Arthrex promotes the iBalance TKA as an alternative to conventional total knee replacement, as it supposedly reduces the need for additional surgeries to remove metal plates and screws.
What’s the Problem?
Many patients who were implanted with knee replacement devices like the iBalance TKA system have found out the hard way that they may do more harm than good. Many implants that were designed to last decades have been reported to fail prematurely, in some cases only a year or 2 after surgery. Most of these devices have never been tested for long-term use, and were fast-tracked to market through the FDA’s controversial 510(k) loophole.
Knee Replacement Complications
- Severe pain
- Bone damage
- Muscle damage
- Loss of / lack of bonding of the knee implant to the bone
- Tibial loosening
- Disassociation of the insert
- Change in position of the components
- Patello-Femoral Tracking-Lateral Release
- Knee replacement failure
- The need for revision surgery
Arthrex Knee Recall
In March 2016, the FDA announced a recall for about 2,400 Arthrex IBalance TKA Tibial Trays after it was found that the implants had a smooth texture on the outer portion of the device, which made it incompatible with earlier models. Arthrex sent Urgent Medical Device Voluntary Recall letters to their distributors and Surgeons/Medical Facilities reporting the removal.
Why Our Firm is Not Filing an Arthrex Knee Class Action
Although we are a nationally-recognized class action firm, the products liability litigation group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP, has decided against the filing of a class action lawsuit over injuries alleged from Arthrex knee implants. The problem with class actions in this type of complex medical device litigation is that cases almost always settle for lower compensation than would be available through the filing of an individual claim.
Additionally, class action lawsuits are, by definition, representative rather than group litigation. This means that representatives of the class make the important litigation decisions – including when to settle. A plaintiff who is not a representative does not have a say in whether to settle or continue fighting the case.
Do I Have a Knee Replacement Lawsuit?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Arthrex knee lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new knee replacement complications cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you had revision surgery or suffered other complications after receiving a knee implant, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.