A defective knee implant will usually cause, pain, but sometime damage is occurring without pain. If your defective knee replacement starts causing problems soon after knee replacement surgery, you may mistake the symptoms for the normal pain and symptoms of recovery. In most cases the defective implant should be removed as soon as possible before it causes irreparable damage. If you believe that you have been harmed by a defective knee implant our implant recall attorneys can help.
The most common sign that something is wrong with your knee implant is pain. The type and location of the pain can give you an idea of what the problem may be. If the knee implant begins to fail while you are still recovering from your knee replacement surgery you may mistake the pain for a normal part of your recovery. However, your doctor can run test, such as X-ray, to determine if there is a problem with the implant.
Pain throughout the knee may indicate an infection and requires immediate medical attention. Pain above or below the implant may indicate that the implant is loosening.
If you experience new pain, after all or most of the post-operative pain has subsided, talk to your doctor right away.
Other Signs of a Defective Knee Implant
In some rare cases people with a defective knee implant do not experience pain even though the implant is causing damage to the surrounding bone. In other cases, people with knee implants are often so accustomed to pain due to the problems which required knee replacement in the first place, that they have learned to block it out and simply do not find it alarming or readily noticeable. Signs of a defective knee implant include:
- Knee stiffness
- Decreased range of motion
- Difficulty putting weight on the knee
- A feeling that the knee is giving out when you put weight on it
- Difficulty standing
- Difficulty walking
Compensation pain – pain in the other leg or another are of the body caused by walking improperly to compensate for pain or difficulty using the affected knee. You may not even realize that you are favoring the knee and, therefore, may not associate the pain in other parts of your body with the artificial knee.
If you believe that you or a loved one has been injured by a defective knee implant, please call or submit an online questionnaire. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, in most cases we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.