For people with arthritis, living with the pain, swelling and stiffness can be debilitating. Any joint in the body can be affected by arthritis, and a large number of people suffer especially from knee arthritis, making it difficult to perform everyday activities.
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), symptoms often associated with knee arthritis may include:
Stiff and swollen joint
Pain and swelling
Loose fragments of cartilage and other tissue may interfere with motion of joints
Locking or sticking of knee during movement
Crepitus (creaking, clicking, snapping or grinding noise)
While there is no cure for arthritis, there are a number of ways to treat the condition. Initially, a doctor will typically opt for a nonsurgical form of treatment. Types of nonsurgical treatment options include lifestyle modifications (change in diet and exercise), physical therapy, assistive devices, over-the-counter and prescription medications, and other remedies (applying heat or ice, ointments or creams, or elastic bandages).
When nonsurgical remedies do not alleviate the pain and other symptoms associated with knee arthritis, a doctor may recommend surgery. In some cases, a total or partial knee replacement may be necessary to restore the function of the knee.
There are a number of knee replacements available on the market; however, several knee replacement systems have been allegedly linked to serious health complications, including the Arthrex iBalance Total Knee Arthroplasty System, the DePuy ATTUNE Primary Total Knee System, and the Exactech Optetrak knee replacement device.
Complications associated with some knee replacement systems may include:
Severe pain, swelling and loss of mobility
Implant failure or loosening
Numerous adverse event reports have been reported to the FDA involving the Exactech Optetrak knee replacement, and the FDA announced a product recall in 2015 for Arthrex iBalance TKA devices because some devices reportedly had a different texture than previous devices. In addition to thousands of reports involving the DePuy Attune knee replacement system, lawsuits allege that design defects led to the failure of some DePuy Attune knee replacements, resulting in revision surgery.
A personal injury lawyer specializing in knee replacements can help in a variety of ways. If you have been injured by a knee replacement or similar device, contact a personal injury attorney at the Linville Law Group today.
You may be eligible to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Family members of those who have died may also be eligible to recover compensation for damages, including funeral expenses and the pain of losing a loved one.
Be aware: the law places a time limit on your ability to file a claim. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.