Medical devices are meant to help people recover the quality of life they enjoyed before an injury, or the effects of age took their toll. Unfortunately, sometimes these medical devices fail to do that, or worse, can become defective and dangerous. If you or a loved one has suffered a debilitating injury because of a failed medical device, do not hesitate to get help from a mass tort attorney as quickly as possible.
Knee replacements are an increasingly popular surgical procedure, more than doubling between 2000 and 2010. By 2030, experts expect a 673 percent, translating into 3.5 million knee replacement operations annually. While these life-changing procedures relieve the pain in about 90 percent of patients, things can still go horribly wrong.
It is no exaggeration to say that defective medical devices can cause serious and even life-threatening injuries. All too often, patients who have received a dangerous or defective medical device require additional invasive – and typically painful – surgery to correct and/or replace the device that should never have become defective to begin with.
Get in touch with the Wyoming attorneys at Burg Simpson today so we can discuss your case by calling 307-527-7891 or filling out our Free Case Evaluation form today.
Nearly all artificial knee joints contain a plastic separator known as an insert, which is responsible for dampening the impacts experienced by the implant. It is crucial the insert be as durable as possible since undue wear of the insert can result in failure of the entire knee replacement implant, resulting in revision surgery to remove and replace the worn insert.
Other possible complications of a worn insert include bone loss and the release of debris into the patient’s body. The inserts used in most knee replacement implants are made of an extremely durable plastic known as ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene, or UHMWPE.
In the early 1990s, it became known that when UHMWPE was sterilized by a method known as gamma radiation in air, the insert would, over time, become inflexible and weak due to oxidation, especially if there was an extended time between the sterilization and implantation in the patient. Many knee replacement implant manufacturers switched to other methods of sterilization; but surprisingly, some either continued to use gamma radiation in air or switched to a safer form of sterilization but chose not to recall the inserts, allowing their remaining supplies to be sold for storage and later implantation in patients. Unfortunately, inserts sterilized by the defective gamma radiation method continued to be sold and implanted in patients even into the late 1990s.
If you are suffering serious pain from a knee implant procedure, our knowledgeable staff can help. We can take a look at your medical records and help you determine if you have a case against an irresponsible manufacturer. Call Burg Simpson in Wyoming at 307-527-7891 and speak to a trial lawyer today.
Knee Replacement Recall Lawsuits and Mass Tort Litigation
If you have suffered from a broken or worn insert that has caused your knee to experience swelling and extreme pain you may require a corrective medical procedure. And even if you have already undergone revision surgery, we can examine your medical records to conclude if your insert failed because of this documented sterilization problem and whether you have a viable claim for damages. Fill out our Free Case Evaluation Form here or call our Cody, Wyoming, office at 307-527-7891 and speak with an attorney at law today.