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Posted in Product Liability on September 26, 2022   |  by Gary Burger

When Knee Replacements Go Wrong

Dealing with a faulty knee replacement can be a pain, and one of the biggest challenges people face in approaching this issue is finding the information you need to get started. In fact, most people who have knee replacements have no clue what brand of replacement they even have! Fortunately, our team of experts knows exactly what you need to do!

How Can I Find Out What Brand of Knee Replacement I Have?

There are a few ways to do this, but the most reliable way is to contact the facility that performed the procedure. Specifically, you’re going to want to talk to their medical records department.

Obtain a copy of your Surgery Operative Report and Discharge Records. These should contain the exact brand and model of the knee replacement. These are records that the facility are required to keep, so if they are hesitant to release the information, keep pressing them.

You are entitled to this information by law; specifically per the HIPAA Right of Access. For more information on what HIPAA guarantees, you can visit the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website.

If, for whatever reason, you are unable to obtain this information directly from the facility you used, your Primary Care Physician should also be able to obtain this information for you.

How Do I Know if My Knee Replacement Has Been Recalled?

The FDA has actually made this pretty easy. Just go to the FDA website, and enter in as much information as possible. If your replacement is listed, you do. You can also check directly with your surgeon’s office.

My Knee Replacement Has Been Recalled. What Should I Do?

First, you should watch for any indications, signs, or symptoms that the device is failing. This could include things, such as swelling, difficulty walking or standing, and signs of infection.

It’s also important to contact your doctor, as they may have more specific symptoms they want you to watch for.

My Recalled Knee Replacement is Showing Signs of Failure. What Can I dD? Can I Sue?

Simply having a recalled knee replacement is, on its own, not enough to win a lawsuit; however, if the knee replacement fails prematurely and causes pain and suffering, or requires surgery, the pharmaceutical company may be liable.

We currently represent clients who experienced bone loss, severe pain and swelling, corrective surgery and other damages in our Exactech Knee Replacement Lawsuit.

At this point, it’s important to not only contact your physician and/or surgeon, but contact an attorney. You can always give us a call at (314) 500-HURT or contact us online!