Medical Malpractice Attorney for Knee Replacement Failures
While knee replacement surgeries generally have an overall high rate of success, some patients experience health problems due to defective knee replacement devices. These health problems can involve a slackening of the tibial segment connected to the implant-cement juncture. Patients suffering this type of problem experience a reduction in range of motion and extreme discomfort when bearing weight on the area.
Quality of Life Improvements from Knee Replacement Surgery
Your knee is made up of a complex group of bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons. These components work together to enable you to move about freely, bending and turning at the knee. Joints that are damaged by arthritis, trauma or other joint diseases, can become inflamed and painful. These circumstances can lead to having everyday activities limited and constant feeling of extreme discomfort. Knee replacement surgery can help these people in restoring their quality of life.
Every year over seven hundred thousand knee replacement surgeries are completed in the U.S. Most patients report a significant decrease in pain after the procedure. Implants enable patients to go back to their normal activities and generally last over fifteen years.
Bone Cement Failures
During the knee replacement surgery, surgeons remove your damaged knee joint and replace it with a prosthetic device made of ceramic, metal and plastic. The joint is attached to the femur and tibia using epoxy bone cement. This adhesive comes as a liquid and a powder that must be combined. Some surgeons use high viscosity cement product because it takes less time to mix and wait. While these adhesive products may seem easier to use, there is evidence that the bond created is not as strong as with other adhesive products.
Knee Implant Failures
While knee implants are designed to last about fifteen years, they can unexpectedly loosen the tibial plate. When this happens, the patient experiences inflammation and extreme pain. Revision surgery is then required to remove the failed implant and replace it with a new one. Unfortunately, there are possible complications of the revision surgery including infection, bone loss, and damage to the nerves and muscles.
Signs of a failed knee implant include:
- Crunching, clicking, and popping sounds from the implant
- Feeling like your knee is unstable
- Heat in the area of the knee
- Reduced range of motion
- Swelling and pain around the joint
Attorneys at Reynolds & Reynolds Law Firm are here to investigate knee replacement product failure cases in Frisco, Texas. If you need help call 214-891-6606 today!
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