Smith and Nephew Knee Lawsuits are now being accepted on behalf of patients who were severely injured after receiving the Journey Bi-Cruciate Stabilised (BCS) knee replacement system. In January 2014, Smith & Nephew issued a hazard alert concerning the femoral implant of this device, stating that it has been associated with a higher than expected revision rate compared to other similar devices on the market. As a result, Smith & Nephew has recalled the femoral implant component of the Journey BCS from the Australian market.
Free Smith and Nephew Knee Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by a Smith and Nephew Knee Replacement Device, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the Smith and Nephew Knee and we can help.
What’s the Problem?
The Journey BCS is a primary total knee replacement system implanted in patients undergoing a knee replacement surgery for the first time. However, in recent months, the Australian Orthopaedic Association’s National Joint Replacement System (AOANJRR) has received multiple reports indicating that the femoral implant/tibial baseplate combination of this device is failing at a higher rate compared to other primary total knee implants.
As a result of these problems, the manufacturer has issued a recall for the femoral implant component of the Journey BCS in Australia. This device will no longer be available in that country as a primary total knee replacement system. Additionally, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will monitor AOANJRR annual reports and internal incident reports in the coming weeks and months.
Smith and Nephew Knee Complications
According to the AOANJRR, the Journey BCS has been linked to:
- a revision rate of 1.59 (1.34, 1.88) per 100 observed component years compared to 0.72 (0.70, 0.73) for other total knee replacement systems, and
- a 7.0% (5.8, 8.4) yearly cumulative percent revision at 5 years compared to 3.8% (3.7, 3.8) for other similar devices.
Smith and Nephew Knee complications leading to the need for revision surgery have been reported to include:
- patellofemoral pain
- unspecified pain
Smith and Nephew has notified surgeons who have implanted the Journey BCS with detailed information about these issues, as well as with advice on how to treat patients with complications. If you received a knee implant and subsequently suffered from severe pain or instability, or if you have any questions about the matters discussed in this article, you should consult your physician or the hospital where you had surgery. For information about potential Smith and Nephew Knee Lawsuits, you should contact the law offices of Schmidt & Clark, LLP, today. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, and we can help.
Do I Have a Smith and Nephew Knee 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 Smith and Nephew Knee Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Free Smith and Nephew Knee Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by a Smith and Nephew Knee Replacement Device, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Smith and Nephew Knee Suit and we can help.