A successful knee replacement can usually provide relief that lasts for a period of 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have received a successful knee replacement usually experience improved mobility, decreased pain, restored knee function and a returned enjoyment of life. But not all knee replacements are successful.
Why Are Knee Replacements Necessary?
When the Menisci cartilage in the knee joint have been severely injured and the articular cartilage on the ends of the Femur and Tibia have degenerated and/or worn due to traumatic arthritic changes following an injury or due to non-traumatic arthritis, leaving the patient with "bone on bone" Stage 4 arthritis, a knee replacement procedure may be performed.
Orthopedists try to delay performing a total knee replacement arthroplasty as long as possible because the prosthetic devices have a life span of approximately 15-20 years. If the knee replacement is performed on someone in their fifties, it's likely they will have to undergo another knee replacement in their seventies.
There are many variations of knee replacement procedures. Total knee replacement involves the removal of the ends of the Femur and Tibia and replacing them with prosthetic devices. Using MRI tecnology to obtain exact measurements, the prosthetic devices can be custom made. Immediately after surgery, the patient is placed in a CPM machine that puts the knee joint in motion. This helps to overcome the patient's fear of moving the joint and can also reduce swelling and the possibility of blood clots while increasing the range of movement in the knee joint.
What Are the Health Risks?
The knee prosthesis may not be strong enough to withstand normal use. A fracture in the knee replacement may occur. This can cause many side effects:
- Loss of use of limb
- Dangerous infection
- Damage to soft tissue
- In serious cases, even death
Individuals who have received a faulty knee replacement may require extensive medical attention and hospitalization. It is important to work with an attorney who has specific experience handling hip recall cases, to ensure that your current and long-term financial needs are accounted for.
If your knee replacement has failed or if you have experienced other complications associated with a knee replacement, you may be entitled to compensation through a product liability and/or a medical malpractice lawsuit. The Maurer Law Firm, PLLC, represents clients who are dealing with all kinds of knee replacement complications. To schedule a free consultation with me, attorney Ira Maurer, please contact my law office online today or call 845-896-5295.