The Problem with Bone Cement Used in Knee Replacement Surgeries
Knee replacement surgery has become one of the most common surgeries done in America. Over 600,000 individuals have total knee replacements done each year, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Most surgeries are successful and offer patients years of pain-free mobility.
But, many others have experienced complications from their knee replacement surgeries that led to greater health problems. Various factors have contributed to the replacement failures. One such factor is the use of defective bone cement during the surgical procedure.
What is Bone Cement and the Problems It Can Cause?
In some knee replacement surgeries, a surgeon must use a bonding agent (bone cement) to help secure the prosthetic joint to the surrounding bones. Increasing reports claim that some bone cement does not produce a strong enough bond or weakens over time causing the knee replacement to fail.
Failure of the bone cement has resulted in complications such as:
- inflammation and swelling
- persistent pain
- nerve damage
- blood clots
- loss of range of motion
- loosening of the joint
- loss of mobility
The solution to these problems is often revision surgery. The revision surgery can be more complicated than the original surgery. It can cause greater damage to existing bone and tissue. It can lead to permanent mobility problems.
Compensation for Bone Cement Injuries
It is believed manufacturers of defective bone cement may have known the problems with its product. They may have chosen not to warn doctors and their patients. This negligence could make them liable for any damages caused by the failed knee replacement. The manufacturer could be liable for:
- Past and future medical expenses of the failed knee replacement.
- Past and future wage losses, if any.
- Past and future pain and suffering (physically and emotionally)
If you have had a failed knee replacement surgery caused by defective bone cement, you could be eligible for compensation from the manufacturer. A compensation claim can be difficult. But, with the help of an experienced attorney you have a greater chance of proving your claim. Contact us today for a free evaluation and let one of our attorneys see if we can get you to help you need.