What Is Bone Cement?
Bone cement is a product used in various orthopedic surgeries, such as total knee replacements. It is essentially an adhesive that was assumed to be safe when used in these procedures. However, it’s becoming clear that there are many terrible side effects associated with certain types of bone cement.
The defective medical device attorneys at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law are meeting with clients that have suffered serious side effects from bone cement used in their surgery. There are specific criteria that make you a likely candidate for compensation.
Many of the details of your surgery and the components used in that surgery are available in your operative report, which you can obtain by contacting the healthcare provider that oversaw your surgery. There are a few common themes that we are seeing in these operative reports that could indicate a patient has a viable claim for compensation.
Bone Cement Products
We are currently investigating the following bone cements used in the initial total knee replacement surgeries:
- Simplex HV (Stryker/Howmedica)
- SmartSet HV cement (DePuy)
- CMW 1 (DePuy)
- Not CMW 2 or CMW 3
- Cobalt HV Bone Cement (DJO Global/Biomet)
- Cardinal HV (Cardinal Health)
- Rally HV (Smith & Nephew).
All the above products may have Gentamicin, which is an antibiotic outer layer. If you see any of the above components listed in your operative report, or if you find out that these products have been used in your procedure after calling your healthcare provider, you should consider your legal options. We are currently accepting inquiries about these cases.
Injuries for Bone Cement Cases
If the following conditions apply to your case, we encourage you to reach out to our firm:
- You’ve had a revision surgery and the operative report shows aseptic loosening of the tibial component. Note that “aseptic” means that there was no infection. Your operative report might say that the infection was negative.
- Your revision was within three years of the initial total knee arthroplasty (and no more than four years).
- You have revision surgery scheduled but have not yet undergone surgery.
If You Notice These Signs, You Should Contact Our Firm Immediately
We’ve noticed a few trends in operative reports that strongly suggest a patient has a claim. Here are some indicators that you have a case to be made for compensation…
- The tibial component was removed without the use of force of a surgical instrument. A good example of what you might see in an operative report would be: “The tibial component easily came loose, and it was lifted up by hand without the need for osteotomes, etc.” Conversely, a negative example would be: “The tibial component was disrupted at the implant device interface with [surgical tool].”
- Your operative report clearly notes “debonding at the implant-device interface.” We often see instances in which the operative report just says “grossly loose” but is ambiguous as to whether the debonding occurred at the cement-device or cement-bone interface.
- There are “no alternative causes” listed. Some examples of alternative causes include poor bone quality, ligament laxity, loosening of the femoral component, or debonding at the cement-bone interface (instead of cement-device interface).
If these signs look familiar, we want to hear from you. Call Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law or fill out our online contact form to learn how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Complications Stemming from Bone Cement
You might have noticed pain and swelling in or around your knee. You might be experiencing this pain one to two years after your surgery. Though that pain doesn’t necessarily mean the components used in your surgery are failing, it is an indication that you should look into the bone cement used in your surgery. In some cases, the bone cement is “debonding,” which means that it is failing.
Common signs that you are experiencing bone cement-related complications include…
- Chronic pain resembling your pre-surgery pain
- Pain in your knee that you’ve never experienced before
- A restricted range of motion
- Swelling or instability around your knee.
These are signs that you should investigate the components used in your surgery. A term that you might look for regarding the bone cement used in your surgery is “high-viscosity” bone cement. High-viscosity bone cement is easier for surgeons to work with, but it’s possible that these types of bone cement are more prone to failure.
Are You Suffering Serious Complications from Bone Cement Failure? Contact Our Bone Cement Lawyers Today
If you meet the criteria we listed above, you should strongly consider your legal options to receive compensation for the complications you’re experiencing. We are currently meeting with patients who meet these criteria, so we can get them the compensation they deserve.
Terry Bryant is a former judge and a Board Certified personal injury attorney in Texas. We have helped many clients that have suffered serious medical complications from defective medical devices. Let us hear your story and help you explore your legal options. If you are entitled to compensation, you should act quickly.
Remember that time is of the essence in these cases. Contact us as soon as possible to schedule your free consultation with the Houston bone cement attorneys at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law. Give us a call or fill out our online contact form to get started.