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Published: September 1st, 2011
Some Smith & Nephew knee replacement systems have been linked to a high number of failures and other problems that could lead to the need for revision surgery.
SMITH & NEPHEW KNEE REPLACEMENT LAWSUIT STATUS: Potential claims are being reviewed by Smith & Nephew knee lawyers for individuals who have experienced problems after a knee replacement involving certain Smith & Nephew Journey knee components.
OVERVIEW: Some components from the Smith & Nephew Journey line of knee replacement systems have been associated with a high rate of failure, which may result in:
- Permanent Knee Problems
- Limited Range of Motion
- Loosening of Components
- Revision Surgery
SMITH & NEPHEW KNEE REPLACEMENT PROBLEMS: As a result of problems with Smith & Nephew knee replacements, thousands of individuals may have been exposed to an increased risk of early failure.
In early 2010, nearly 40,000 Journey Uni Tibial Baseplates were recalled due to a number of reported failures, which may have a tendency to fracture or break. This could result in severe pain and instability, often resulting in the need for surgery to revise the Smith & Nephew knee replacement or replace the base plate.
In February 2011, a study was presented to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons that found that 16% of Smith & Nephew Journey-Deuce knee implants began to fail within 21 months and 39% of recipients reported poor results after receiving the implant.
A number of individuals throughout the United States are pursuing compensation through a Smith & Nephew knee replacement lawsuit as a result of the manufacturer’s failure to adequately research the artificial knee system or warn about the risk of Smith & Nephew knee problems.