Recalled Oxinium Knee Implants Lead to Revision Surgery. Knee replacement surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures in the United States, with more than 600,000 surgeries performed every year. Knee replacement surgery is often prescribed for patients who suffer from osteoarthritis. While many patients manage the symptoms of their arthritis through medication, physical therapy, and injections, other individuals find these methods inadequate, and that they are still suffering from a great deal of pain during normal daily activities such as walking or climbing a flight of stairs. In these cases, doctors often recommend knee replacement surgery. When a surgeon replaces a person’s knee, they must select a device to implant in the patient. Different manufacturers make these medical devices.
Of course, when someone gets their knee replaced, they expect that the implant will last them for many years. One issue that sometimes occurs is that the implant has a problem, and the patient will have to undergo a second surgery within only a few years. Unfortunately, when patients have to undergo a second surgery, the revision surgery is often more complicated, painful, and expensive than the first surgery. When the revision surgery is required as a result of faulty medical devices, the patients who have been negatively impacted have the opportunity to collect compensation.
Oxinium Genesis II and Profix II implants recalled
Smith & Nephew, the manufacturer of Oxinium knee replacement devices, voluntarily recalled the Oxinium Genesis II and Profix II models of their implants. Of course, if a device such as a knee replacement product is recalled, the individuals who have already had that product implanted in them cannot simply switch their knee for a better model. As a result, many individuals could suffer infection, and joint and muscular damage as the result of their implant, or as a result of needing revision surgery.
Failure to properly bond
In order for a knee implant to function properly, it must bond to the bone. Surgeons use a form of cement or other substance to fix the device to the patient’s bone. As the patient moves, parts of the implant can wear away, and leave particles surrounding the joint. As the body tries to digest the particles, the bond between the bone and the implant can be destroyed, creating a loosening of the implant, and sometimes wearing away part of the bone as well. When this occurs, patients can suffer from pain and instability.
While any knee replacement will likely show signs of wear over time, the vast majority of prosthetics last about for approximately 20 years. When knee replacement surgeries were first started in the 1970’s, it was thought that the prosthetics would only last for around ten years, and so doctors only recommended surgery for older patients. Now that knee replacement devices last twice as long, and are thought to be improving so that they will last even longer, surgeons recommend knee replacements for patients who are much younger. Because of this, knee replacements that do not bond properly, and that require replacement surgery after only a few years can be devastating for patients who thought their decision to undergo surgery would improve their quality of life and last for decades.
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