Knee replacement surgery is big business in the U.S., with approximately 700,000 of the procedures currently being done each year, according to UpToDate. As technology improves, manufacturers are designing knee replacement devices to suit younger and more mobile patients. While these operations can change lives, they can also result in a number of debilitating health complications.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one had complications 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 Knee Replacement Revision Surgery?
Knee replacement revision surgery is a second surgical procedure that occurs as a result of a defective implant, component, medical malpractice, or other problem that led to problems with the original surgery. In many cases, revision is more painful for the patient and difficult for the surgeon to perform. Additionally, patients may require longer recovery times as well as added physical and/or financial stress.
Knee Implant Failure Symptoms
Signs and symptoms indicating that a knee replacement device has failed, or is preparing to fail, may include:
- Severe pain
- Infection, inflammation, or swelling of the knee
- Damage to the joint, bone, muscle, or nerves
- Loosening of the knee replacement device
- Popping, clicking, or crunching noises
- Mobility issues such as standing or walking
Zimmer NexGen Knee Replacement Lawsuits
Zimmer Biomet is currently named as the defendant in more than 700 lawsuits alleging complications from its NexGen knee replacement system. Cases filed on the federal level have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL 2272) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. MDLs are used to streamline the litigation process for a large number of complaints naming the same defendant and similar causes of action. After the pretrial phase is complete, each case will be returned to its respective district.
What is Bone Cement?
Polymethyl methacrylate, or PMMA, more commonly known as bone cement, is widely used for implant fixation in various orthopaedic and trauma surgeries, according to the Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Trauma (JCOT). As opposed to actual cement, which describes a substance that bonds two things together, PMMA acts as a space-filler that creates a tight space which holds the implant against the bone, similar to grout.
Bone Cement Side Effects
Recent studies have found that knee and hip replacement patients are at risk of developing the following adverse health complications from allegedly defective bone cement products:
- Loosening of implant components and fragmentation
- Bone Cement Implantation Syndrome (BCIS)
- Hypoxia (low oxygen levels in the bloodstream)
- Low blood pressure
- Loss of consciousness
- Pulmonary embolism
- Cardiac arrest
Bone Cement Implantation Syndrome
Bone cement implantation syndrome, or BCIS, is a severe complication of knee replacement surgery. As knee replacement has become a much more common solution to knee problems in younger patients, those (particularly those with pre-existing heart problems) may face an increased risk developing bone cement implantation syndrome.
Signs and symptoms of bone cement implantation syndrome include:
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Increased central venous pressure
- Pulmonary edema
- Cardiac dysrhythmia/arrhythmias
- Cardiogenic shock
- Cardiac arrest
- Sudden death
- Fat/marrow emboli
Can I File a Class Action?
Although Schmidt & Clark, LLP, is a nationally recognized class action firm, we have decided against this type of litigation when it comes to knee replacement revision surgery. Our lawyers feel that if there is a successful resolution to these cases, individual suits, not class actions will be the best way to get maximum payouts to our clients. If you’ve been injured by knee replacement revision surgery, we know you’ve suffered emotionally and economically, and want to work with you personally to obtain the maximum compensation for the damages caused by your injuries. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights.
Do I have a Knee Replacement Revision Surgery 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 knee replacement revision surgery lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one suffered complications that led to knee replacement revision surgery, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.