What You Should Know about Defective Knee Replacements
There are many different major surgeries that may be necessary if you’ve had an injury. One of these major surgeries is a knee arthroplasty, more commonly referred to as a knee replacement. Unfortunately, these types of surgeries do not come without risks and if you receive a knee replacement there is some chance that you may suffer a serious injury or pain as a result of your surgery and new knee.
Injuries that come from a knee replacement surgery may be caused by the negligence of your physician or may also be caused by defects in the knee replacement that happened during production or were caused by reckless behavior during shipping. While you may not be able to avoid a knee replacement surgery or the possible pain and injuries that could come with it, there are ways that you can protect yourself and notice your pain before it becomes severe and corrective action is no longer a possibility.
How Your Defective Knee Replacement Can Cause Problems
If you receive a defective knee replacement or your surgery is defective you may suffer from weeks, months or years of pain and injury before the problem is discovered. It is important to pay attention to the way you are feeling and never allow your doctor to tell you that pain is idiopathic, or, only in your head. Some of the most common problems with knee replacements that cause pain and additional injuries over time include:
- The prosthetic knee is improperly fitted to your body and will not stay in place because it is either too small or too large. This may cause your knee to slide around, cause grinding or cause other pain or discomfort that will not go away until the problem has been corrected through an additional surgery.
- The prosthetic knee cracks or causes fractures in other bones in your leg that cannot be alleviated and will be unable to heal until the defective knee is replaced with another knee through an additional surgery.
- Your doctor makes a mistake during surgery that causes the knee to fill improperly, to not stay in place or to deteriorate more quickly.
If you are suffering due to the addition of a defective knee replacement you should immediately seek care and repair from a surgeon and consider contacting a personal injury attorney to find out if you have a case for medical malpractice or negligence in your case.
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