Hip And Knee Replacement Attorneys
Hip and knee replacements are among the most common surgical procedures in all of orthopedic surgery. The procedure involves replacing damaged or deteriorated joints with artificial replacements, which include parts made of high molecular weight polyethylene, similar to pliable plastic. Most patients who undergo a hip or knee replacement gain improved agility, flexibility, and reduced pain; however, several prosthetic implants that have been sterilized in polyethylene have required additional surgical procedures. If you have a hip and knee replacement medial claim contact an accident attorney to discuss your case.
Several companies use a technique known as gamma irradiation in air to sterilize the hip and knee prostheses. During the procedure, small pieces of the polyehtylene part of the device which was previously sterilized may break down and become stuck in the hip or knee joint of a patient. Osteolysis is a condition that is common in individuals with the extra pieces of material floating in their body. Osteolysis is when the immune system begins to attack healthy bones as well causing decay. Usually additional knee or hip prosthesis replacements will be required and more surgical procedures must occur. These additional procedures may cost you more money that can be reclaimed with the help of a medical malpractice attorney.
There are virtually thousands of hip implant products that have been used in hip replacement surgeries throughout the United States. There are numerous incidents of alleged injuries due to the defects in the hip implants that have been reported. Contact a local medical malpractice attorney if you have been injured.
Incidents of pain and suffering have been reported around the country due to these defective hip implant cups. People who have had the implants surgically placed in their hip region have been reporting difficulties with the products since 2005. The main difficulties prior patients with the hip cups report are: severe and intense pain, trouble walking, joints that squeak, broken joint implants, and poor fit of implants leading to bone breaks.
The FDA became involved when findings showed that there were potential problems with the hip implants. As people began to come forward with problems with the implants the FDA became further involved with the situation.
Most medical experts acknowledge that there is always a potential for problems when any medical appliance is implanted into the human body. Hip implants have been the culprit of this situation on several occasions.
Who Can Sue
If you feel you qualify for damages or remedies that might be awarded in a possible hip and knee replacement lawsuit with the help of a medical malpractice attorney.
Stryker Corp. recalled two hip implant products in their Trident stock. Both products are replacement cups. The first cup is the Trident Acetabular PSL Cup, which was recalled on January 22, 2008. The Trident Hemispherical Cup was also recalled on the same day. Both of these products were manufactured at the plant in Cork, Ireland.
Stryker Corp. does have its base of operations in the U.S. in Kalamazoo, MI. There is a manufacturing facility located in New Jersey, as well. The hip implants created millions of dollars in profits for the company. The difficulties with the hip cup products came as a surprise since there was quite a level of success with earlier products of the same caliber.
Several of the following manufacturers are under investigation for faulty hip and knee implants that were manufactured in the early 1990's:
- Howmedica Osteonics Corp.
- Howmedica, Inc.
- Osteonics Corp.
A detailed evaluation of an individual's medical records is one way to determine compensatory and physical damages incurred for patients of knee or hip replacement with prostheses. Compensation may be available for people who qualify as having a defective hip implant product.
If you are the victim of a faulty hip or knee replacement, speak with one of our qualified hip and knee malpractice attorneys.