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Smith & Nephew Knee Replacement Lawsuits

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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.

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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:

  • Pain
  • 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.

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9 comments

  1. jon Reply

    i was given smith and nephew knee implants in 1997. i find pain in my knees from time to time. when i have my feet under me while sitting in a chair and try to bring them forward, my knees lock up sometimes. since the surgery, i’ve had constant lower back pain while walking and standing. and i am constantly losing my balance to the point of falling to the floor unless i fall into an object to stop me.

  2. stephen Reply

    had smith & nephew implants for knee. after 1.5 yrs,can barely walk.
    extreme pain in knee joint,ct says it is coming loose.

  3. Jim Reply

    Ii had a Smith & Nephew total knee done to replace a DePry knee, after the Smith & Nephew was installed I had a follow up x ray of the knee. Then 3 months after that x ray because I was in so much pain they did more x rays. The center disk popped out. When the doc saw the film he called the Doc that did the implant and the next day I was sitting in pre op when the doc came in and said ” I have been doing total knees for 20 plus years and this is the first one I have ever seen this happen to”

    I looked and him and told how happy I could say he was no longer a virgin in this area. The replaced the center section and I was sent home again. Now going on a total of 4 years I have not seen one day that was pain free. To this day I do not sleep more than 4 hours and I have to take more pain meds.

    I have been taking all the bad drugs Oxy this and that both long acting and short acting. My life has been a nightmare at every level. I am 61 and had no dreams or want of stopping work until I was at least 70 years old.

    I never have sit on my butt as much as I have. I have to look at what I am ask or want to do and then guess how much drugs I am going to have to take and how many days before I doo anything.

    I never wanted to die as much as I do now, no I am not going to kill myself but I would not call for help if I felt like a heart attack taking place.

    I have D N R on my chest now, Now I am looking at an other operation IF they can find the cause. I have had bone scans tons of X rays M R I and today a CAT scan.

    I am in debt up to my butt and the goverment sends me 1500.00 a month for SSI. I was making 5 k a month. I cant ride my bike, I cant walk the beach with my wife, I cant have sex with the drugs I have to take. I have to make sure I dont drive when I have taken to many drugs that would make me un safe.

    Dont get a Total Knee until you dont sleep for 2 night in a row WITH pain meds. Its not worth it. I asked them to cut my leg off. I would be better with out it

  4. kdw Reply

    I had both knees replaced at age 44, both at the same time. I had a walker on and off for 2 years. I was in constant pain. I had 5 surgeries on my legs in 1 1/2 years. Both are Smith and Nephew replacements. I still have pain and cant straighten my left leg all the way .I have had them 3 1/2 years.

  5. kdw Reply

    @ Stephen & Jim. Get checked for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Go to a Rheumatologist to find out the source of your pain. It may not all be coming from the replacements.I lost 90% OF MY PAIN by controlling my Rheumatoid with meds. I dont take any pain meds now. its worth a simple blood test check to get some relief.

  6. Howard Reply

    The FDA’S newest comments and recommendations seems like a smoke screen to appease the public regarding metal on metal hips, including hip resurfacing as with Smith and Nephew’s Birmingham hip resurfacing device.
    There exists enough information and data on adversities in using MOM hips, reports and data have been submitted by the very surgeons and scientist the FDA request data from on this matter. So WHY and WHAT is the FDA waiting for another 10’s of thousands of innocent folks to report injuries ??? before they come to their senses and remove these hazardous to your health devices from the market place or is the FDA awaiting an OK from the device manufacturers.
    After all the manufacturers call the shots.
    When will the FDA prove to me they are ensuring the well being and safety of my life and the 1000’s of other victims that have all ready suffered and will continue to suffer for the rest of our lives.
    The CORRUPTION is sickening is there no person or persons in politics willing to stand up for the truth and truly represent what is best for the very people that voted them into office ???
    The FDA was formed to protect people not guarantee rates of returns to the device manufacturers clients.
    The pre-emption laws protect some of these manufacturers if their device was pma (pre-marketing approved) such the case with Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham hip resurfacing device. The mere fact this device was approved is a sham. Then other manufacturers followed suit with their resurfacing devices being approved through the less stringent approval process than the pma, by way of the 510 k approval.
    In simple words their device was much like the Smith & Nephew bhr so their devices were approved. Look at what has happened since, the adverse reports have sky rocketed in the past few years with patient complaints on metal on metal hip failing way to soon.
    Let’s face it FDA you made a wrong decision in approving mom hips, especially in lieu of not knowing your biggest written concerns:
    ” What about those metal particles entering the human body, what will happen ?? ”
    The manufacturers could answer that because they didn’t know, yet the manufacturers were willing to gamble and so was the FDA.
    Now look at what is and will continue to happen to all of us lab rats.
    Admit it FDA you made a terrible-terrible mistake, do something right about this TAKE THE METAL ON METAL DEVICES AND RESURFACING DEVICES OFF THE MARKET NOW, NOT YEARS FROM NOW, TELL ALL RECIPIENTS OF MOM HIPS TO HAVE ANNUAL MRI’S, AND BLOOD CHECKED FOR COBALT AND CHROMIUM LEVELS. For those that aren’t having problems, I hope you are safe, remember the problems may not be apparent immediately, maybe 1-7 years down the road. If you are experiencing any problems with your mom hip have it checked and be satisfied with what ever you are being told, do not take this matter lightly nor do not think it is just you.

    Respectfully
    Howard

  7. June Reply

    On 9-28-2011, I had a Smith/Nephew Genesis II implant put in my left leg. Then 6 months after the surgery, I was having a lot of pain, swelling, hot to touch. On 10-2-2012, I went back in for revision surgery because my implant loosened, that was a Smith/Nephew Genesis II that was put in the first time. I was told that the cement never adhered to what is was suppose to causing my implant to loosen up. Then on 2-21-2013, I had to go back in for surgery again, because of all the surgeries…I built up scar tissue an had to have it removed. So in the last year an half, I have had 3 major surgeries on my left knee. To this day, my knee isn’t 100%, I have to wear a knee brace if I am out on my legs to long, my knee locks up on me when it is bent an I try to straighten it out. If I knew then what I know about Smith/Nephew, I would of never allowed them to put it in me.

  8. Patricia Reply

    I am a 44 yr old female
    2 1/2 years after having the Verilast ( 30 yr implant) surgery I continue to have constant pain and stiffness, loss of range, hip and lower back pain, and less and less sleep. I will say that this TKR was the 8th knee surgery on the left leg ( freak accident at work ) over a 12 year period. When I was told that I had no other option than TKR due to the severe damage and loss of cartilage I believed this was the ” holy grail ” to solve all my problems from the original injury. My OS was young and had done 40 prior to mine and assured me of the success rate he has had in his practice. If I had only known that 2 1/2 yrs later I couldn’t work, couldn’t walk w/o a brace/cane, couldn’t take car trips longer than an hour, would lose all muscle tone and gain weight and become depressed I wouldn’t have done it. In my situation I have become allergic to almost every med given so I am VERY limited to any pain relief also I am healthy other than I can’t do much anymore with my husband whom likes to go everywhere but is understanding of my limitations but is frustrated as well. Today I went to my pain management appt and requested a 5th opinion at the Mayo Clinic and asked for a new brace. PT what a joke never got better went all the time and didn’t make a difference worth celebrating about. I have been told many times by different doctors ” at least you can walk “.
    As I said earlier this was my only option in my case. Believe me I did it ALL before finally opting for TKR. Hopefully, it is just in my case that it has been difficult and eventually I will get some better answers. So please listen to what your doctor is telling you and do all the other conservative treatments before doing a TKR. Wish me well and I wish you the best of luck in your recoveries.

  9. sharmain Reply

    I had TKR done on both legs 6/21/10. My knees still buckle, dry swelling, pain all the time. They lock up on me if a sit or stand too long and now I have start to have lower back pain. My Orthro states that base off the x-ray’s all looks good and no need to change anything. I was 43 when I had my knee’s replaced. Before having them done we did the scopes, injections and Therapy none of that worked. By having them replace the only thing that’s not happening is me falling now, but I still have all the other aches and pains. what do I do

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