DePuy Knee Replacement Recall: Were You Injured?
DePuy Orthopaedics – now involved in thousands of lawsuits brought against its recalled ASR metal-on-metal hip implants – faces new trouble over an orthopaedic device used in reconstructive knee surgery.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a Class I recall – a warning issued when a medical device may cause severe injuries or death – for the LPS Diaphyseal Sleeve made by DePuy®, a Johnson & Johnson company. The FDA issued its DePuy knee replacement recall after receiving reports of fractures and loosening of the device.
DePuy Knee Replacement Recall: The LPS Diaphyseal Sleeve
The recalled LPS Diaphyseal Sleeve is used with the LPS (Limb Preservation System), an end-stage knee revision product used by surgeons to repair severe soft tissue and bony defects. The sleeve enhances the fit and fill of existing knee tissues with LPS replacement components.
The problem with this DePuy knee device is that certain connecting parts may not support potential loads during a patient’s normal walking or running activities, resulting in a fracture of the sleeve. Complications from a fractured knee device include:
- Loss of function and mobility
- Loss of limb
- Soft tissue damage
The FDA has received 10 reports of the device malfunctioning (six fractures and four incidences of loosening). The DePuy knee recall affects products manufactured from 2008 to July 20, 2012.
DePuy Knee Recall: What You Need to Know
The FDA announced its DePuy knee recall on Feb 15, 2013. However, DePuy previously issued an urgent Medical Device Recall in January 2013 for this product. The company’s DePuy knee replacement recall only warned surgeons and health care facilities about the device’s potential problems and advised them to stop distributing or using it.
Although the DePuy knee recall received the FDA’s most serious warning, the company is not recommending revision surgery or additional follow up in the absence of symptoms in patients with this implanted device. If you believe you have one of the recalled LPS Diaphyseal Sleeves, you should contact your doctor to learn more about the symptoms of a device failure.
File a DePuy Knee Replacement Lawsuit Today
If you or a loved one suffered any injury due to implantation of the recalled DePuy LPS Diaphyseal Sleeve, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a medical device lawyer today for a free legal consultation and to see if a DePuy knee replacement lawsuit is appropriate for you. Sokolove Law has nearly 40 years of experience helping those unnecessarily harmed by dangerous medical devices. Our attorneys know who to talk to, where to find answers, and what steps you need to take.