DePuy knee replacement systems, which are the second most popular knee replacement parts in the world, have been found to fail prematurely. DePuy knee failure results in significant pain and suffering, the need for revision surgery, permanent and irreversible injuries, and in some case, life-threatening complications. Lawyers handling DePuy knee failure lawsuits believe persons and the family members of persons who have suffered early DePuy knee component failure may be eligible for significant compensation through filing a DePuy knee lawsuit. This page provides comprehensive information about documented DePuy knee problems as well as information about filing a knee failure claim against DePuy.
DePuy, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, manufactures and markets a wide variety of joint replacement parts, including several different DePuy knee replacement systems. Intended to reduce pain and restore moderate activity levels, DePuy knee systems replace the natural joint with an artificial joint. 660,000 Americans elect to have knee replacement surgery each year, and many of them are implanted with one of several devices from DePuy which include:
Knee replacement, or arthroplasty, is an invasive surgical procedure whereby the weight-bearing surfaces of the knee joint are replaced with artificial parts in order to relieve pain and disability. The medical device is made of plastic and metal parts, and is designed to work in place of the damaged knee joint.
Knee replacement surgery requires preparatory physical therapy as well as a long recovery period. After approximately 12 weeks of convalescence and physical therapy, most knee recovery patients are ready to resume moderate activity without pain.
DePuy knee failure becomes evident when pain or other symptoms return to the joint following recovery. DePuy knee failure has been reported as quickly as months following the procedure, though 1-2 years after implantation is more common for defective DePuy knees to cause symptoms. Signs and symptoms of a defective DePuy knee include:
If you or a loved one is suffering one or more of these symptoms or another related problem, please contact your doctor immediately. In many cases, DePuy knee failure requires complex revision surgery.
Revision surgery to replace a defective DePuy knee is more complex than the initial surgery to implant the joint replacement parts. Basically, the original joint was removed and then replaced with metal and plastic parts that had to be connected to the remaining bones. Removing the replacement parts often results in a loss of bone, which can cause permanent problems in the joint. Recovery from revision surgery following DePuy knee failure typically can take 6 months.
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