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Knee surgeries are on the increase. Nearly 1 million surgeries have been performed in the last 13 years. The type of surgery can vary from key hole surgeries such as ligament repairs through to knee replacements. Surgery is done to ease pain and improve your knee movement. You might have arthritic pain, stiffness, instability and loss of use. This can rob you of mobility and quality of life.
When knee surgery is successful then it is remarkable. It can help the patient enormously. However, when it goes wrong or fails it can bring misery to sufferers and their families.
Why call our experts today?
Corries Solicitors have a dedicated team of specialist product liability and medical negligence solicitors. We are leading experts in medical implant cases.
Our team of enthusiastic and highly trained specialists have a proven track record of dealing with high profile litigation. We are not scared off by big companies or insurers. Corries have been successful with claims for PIP faulty breast implants, faulty metal on metal hips and other failed medical products.
We also have a great deal of expertise and skill dealing with failures resulting from surgical mistakes.
Our experienced team know what knee surgery problems can cause. We will guide you sensitively through the process of making a claim. We appreciate that claims involving medical problems can be distressing. Our promise to you is that we will listen. You can be assured of our total care and discretion at all times.
No solicitor offers more than we do. We offer a personal service, we are open and straightforward with all of our clients. Corries will always try hard to get you the best compensation we can.
Because we have faith in our ability to win your claim we can offer a ‘No Win, No Fee’ service. If we cannot make a claim for you then we do not get paid.
My knee surgery has gone wrong – how much compensation will I get?
If your knee surgery failure is because of a defect in the product or an error in the way in which the knee surgery was performed then you may be entitled to make a claim for the added pain and suffering.
Each claim is different. There is no fixed sum or tariff figure that you will receive.
In general all personal injury claims are made up of two parts. The first part is compensation for the injury itself which takes into account how severe and for how long you suffered pain. In knee surgery failures it will also include compensation for the pain and trouble of further surgical procedures.
The second part is your associated expenses, such as medication, travel, loss of earnings and any other costs or expenses you and your family may have lost out on.
What is knee replacement surgery?
Knee replacement surgery is common, between 2003 and 2016 there were almost a million (975,739) knee replacement surgeries in England and Wales alone. Knee replacements take three primary forms:
- Total Knee Replacement (TKR) – this is the most common form of knee replacement surgery. This is the most invasive form of surgery. It involves replacing the joint surfaces of the thigh bone and shin bone. It can also involve replacing part of the kneecap. Depending then on the implant chosen it can be fixed in place. This can be done with a special type of medical cement. Alternatively the implants can be textured and coated to encourage (what is called osseointegration) bone to grow onto and cover the implants which makes them fix in place;
- A Partial Knee Replacement (PKR) – this is called a Unicompartmental knee replacement. This involves a smaller incision than a total knee replacement. A partial knee replacement is suitable for those who have pain or arthritis only in one part of their knee. This can be either the interior or exterior of the knee. Most involve the interior part. This surgery is more common with younger patients who have stronger leg structures. These patients will most likely need a total knee replacement in later years. The PKR however preserves bone structure; and
- A Knee Cap Replacement – this is termed a patellofemoral replacement. This is a resurfacing of part of the kneecap only and is not suitable for all patients.
- Knee Revision surgery – this is further surgery which involves replacing parts fitted in any of the above surgeries.
What can go wrong with knee surgery?
As with any surgery, there is always the potential for complications but complications should not arise from a defect with the knee implant or errors in the way the operation was conducted. Knee surgery failures can result in the following:
Problems with knee replacements can result in problems such as:
- Failing to ease the pain that the surgery was designed to;
- Increased pain;
- Bone fractures;
- Reduced mobility;
- Instability or dislocation of the knee;
- Loosening of the knee replacement;
- Damage to blood vessels and ligaments; or
- Wearing out of knee replacement products.
Are there any particular types of knee implants that are problematic?
Many different knee implants can be used by your NHS trust or private surgeon. Any type of knee implant can result in problems, however, some are more prone to failure than others. We are currently investigating a variety of different makes and models of knee implants which are prone to failure. These include but are not limited to:
- DePuy Synthes Sigma HP PFJ used in knee cap and unicompartmental knee replacement surgery; and
- Smith and Nephew Journey knee.
If you know that you have had either of these implants in your surgery and have problems – then call us NOW.
What to do now?
If you or a loved one are suffering with complications and problems following knee surgery, call our experts today. Our friendly team will speak to you- there is no obligation. If we can help – we will. Call us now on FREEPHONE 0800 655 6550.