Joint replacement surgeries, artificial knees, bone fixation devices, and other medical procedures involving orthopedic devices have become quite common in the United States. There are many options when it comes to these devices. They are made out of a variety of materials, such as ceramics, polymers, and metals and are implanted in the body at the location which has been affected by injury or disease, such as the knee, hip, spine, or shoulder.
Throughout the country many innocent people have suffered serious side effects as the result of defective medical devices, including total knee replacements and hip replacements. Some of these orthopedic devices have been recalled for various reasons, most of which put the patient implanted with the device at risk for injury or harm.
- A few years ago a recall was conducted for the Sulzer hip replacement, manufactured by the Sulzer Orthopedics Company due to a “production error.” The error resulted because small amounts of machine oil in the artificial hip joints made human hipbones unable to stay connected to the artificial hip socket.
- In 2003 a knee replacement manufactured by Smith and Nephew was recalled due to the artificial knee’s inability to bond, which resulted in many implant patients requiring additional surgeries.
If you have been seriously injured as the result of a defective or dangerous orthopedic device, please contact The Law Office of Ed Ryan at (518) 465-2488 or contact us online immediately to make sure that your rights are protected by an aggressive defective medical device attorney.