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Knee replacement surgery – medically known as arthroplasty – can help to relieve pain and restore function to knees damaged by arthritis. Arthroplasty involves four basic steps:
For most people, knee replacement surgery successfully alleviates pain and improves their mobility. Most knee replacements are expected to last more than 15 years.
In an effort to increase the surgical efficiency of knee replacements, medical device manufacturers developed high-viscosity cement (HVC). HVC involves combining two separate components – a powder and a liquid. High-viscosity cement has a shorter mixing time and takes longer to set-up. This makes high-viscosity cement more surgically convenient to use than low or medium viscosity cements. However, researchers have noted an increase in early failure rates of knee replacement surgeries when high-viscosity cement is used. There is evidence that the bond produced by HVC is not as strong as low or medium viscosity cements and can fail.
Patients who experience a bone cement or knee replacement failure often require an additional (revision) surgery to remove and replace the knee components.
Common symptoms include:
If you experienced a failed knee replacement surgery, you may be entitled to compensation. Our firm is investigating cases involving failures that may be associated with high-viscosity bone cement. For a free case evaluation, please contact our office at 877-230-7459 or fill out the contact form on this page.
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