Knee Replacement Complications May Be Caused By Recalled or Defective Implants

Harvey Kirk

By Harvey Kirk
Posted October 17, 2017


The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing knee replacement lawsuits for individuals who have experienced complications associated with several different artificial joint systems used in recent years.

Since most surgeons never tell patients what specific type of implant was used during a total knee replacement, our lawyers can help determine if a recalled or defective design may have been used. There is no need to find out what type of knee replacement you received before request a free case evaluation.


Find Out If You or a Loved One Have a Knee Replacement Case

Medical device manufacturers must ensure that the products they market and sell are safe and effective for their intended purpose. In addition, adequate information and warnings about potential risks must be provided for consumers and surgeons.

Over the past five years, a number of new knee replacement system have been introduced by different manufacturers, each claiming that they feature “innovative” designs that improve on knee implants already on the market. However, as surgeons have switched to these new systems, a growing number of knee replacement complications are beginning to surface.

Unfortunately, for individuals who received these devices, these reports of problems may only be the tip of the ice berg, with additional failures likely to occur in the future, as the systems remain in place longer.

Due to unreasonably dangerous and defective designs used with several different knee replacement implants widely used since about 2013, financial compensation may be available for certain individuals who have experienced:

  • Continuing Knee Pain After Surgery
  • Knee Swelling, Stiffness or Intability
  • Limited Range of Motion
  • Popping or Sounds from the Knee Implant
  • Dislocation or Loosening of Components
  • Revision Surgery to Remove or Replace the Knee Implant

By request a free case evaluation, the lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. can help determine whether you or a loved one may be experiencing problems with your knee replacement that could have been prevented.

There are never any out-of-pocket costs associated with hiring our attorneys, and we receive no fees or expenses unless a recovery or knee replacement settlement is obtained. Request a free consultation. or Call 1-800-522-0102.

24 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • Wilma says:

    I was writing to see if my Smith and nephew journey 2 knee replacement, do they have a recall on it,I have been experiencing pain, very poor range of motion and constantly in pain every since day 1 of the surgery. Basically inquiring to see if recall on it.

    Posted on October 25, 2017 at 6:28 pm

  • Deborah says:

    Increased knee pain and clicking. Continuously slightly swollen.

    Posted on November 3, 2017 at 8:03 am

  • Cheryl says:

    I was told I needed partial knee replacement, only to find out the other side was worse than he knew. I had other side replaced and have had pain and swelling ever since.
    I begged him to drain the fluid. He was not wanting to do it. I begged him and finally did and it was all blood. In surgery they found a torn meniscus. He stated, he didn’t know meniscus bleed.
    Now it’s swelling, numb and very painful once again. Pain never went away.

    Posted on November 11, 2017 at 10:21 am

  • Melinda says:

    Severely botched knee replace
    ment in Jan 2012

    Posted on December 3, 2017 at 4:01 am

  • Deborah K. says:

    Had bilateral knee replacements in May 2009. I had revision done on my right knee April 2010. I cannot straighten my R knee it is swollen & it hurts! They found an infection in it when they went back in!!

    Posted on January 24, 2018 at 2:28 pm

  • Jaswanti says:

    1/12/2016. I had Stryker Triathlons implant surgery and today still cannot walk I have lost pain on knee back shoulder chest and knee cap keep locking it hard bend the have losts problem for siting going to us rest room I had second opinion. And MRI relates say I need a another surgery pleaseadvise if can I havecase

    Posted on February 5, 2018 at 11:31 am

  • Tammy says:

    I had total knee replacement a smith and nephew in dec of 2012 I had to 3 Manipulation and a scope done on my replacement. I have severe paint swelling only 20 % motion can not bend and it gets so stiff that I can hardly move it. Was told by the ortho it is as good as it will ever be.Even had physical therapy well over a year with no chance of it any better.

    Posted on February 21, 2018 at 9:56 am

  • Mary says:

    Had my Knee Repllacement in 2016”. Triathalon. Knee replacement.
    Ever since having several problems Knee never got better.Swelling , Numbness .Fluid. Can’t get out of chair or low placers without hurting ,Have to hold on something to get out of chair. knee buckled when walking. Sometimes it makes popping sounds. My mobility at walking, I can’t keep up with my family or friends. Something is not right..

    Posted on March 8, 2018 at 5:11 pm

  • Mary says:

    Hi Deborah, I’m mary.
    Can I ask you what was the name of your implant. I had Triathalon implant. I have similar problems. Had mine done in 2016 . Haven’t gotten any better. Getting ready to have some kind of test. Done on my knee this week. . Fluid , swollen , hurts to get out of chair, .

    Posted on March 14, 2018 at 9:37 am

  • Coleen says:

    I had a total knee replacement on Feb. 10, 2016. I have since had severe swelling, constant pain, and very poor range of motion. I was told by the doctor that preformed the surgery that it is as good as it will get, I am just one of those people that it did not work. I have been seen by a second doctor that I have extreme nerve damage, and they feel a second surgery would do me no good. I have to use a brace and cane constantly now and the pain is sometime unbearable..

    Posted on March 14, 2018 at 7:27 pm

  • Chris says:

    My first Zimmer knee replacement was done on my left 11/26/2014 : problems right away: severe swelling, pain, terrible range of motion and it continues to this day..hard to get up and down and in vehicles. Have been in and out of therapy since. Now doing Hydro therapy….and I actually had my right knee replaced with the Zimmer on 02/11/2015…not as much complaints. Then I needed a hip replacement. My right one was done in September, 2016….
    Now the left one is bad… confused about doing it now, but at least I have some answers why I suffer so much and still walking with a cane/walker. Good luck to all..

    Posted on March 25, 2018 at 6:52 pm

  • Steve says:

    Total lnee replacement May’15.
    Infection set in, hardware removed Sept’15-Strep on patellar tendon.
    30” rod installed after fusion of shin/thigh.

    Posted on April 19, 2018 at 8:48 pm

  • Kathy says:

    I had knee replacement in July 2012 Every who saw my knee kept saying somethings wrong Dr just said got to give it a year . Year comes so full of infection cannot even get it to come through the needle as he scopes it Bam! back into the hospital spacer for 8 weeks on antibiotics through a port in my arm that had to be replaced in 4 days as stretched out while at a rehab facility back to hospital put in knew knee back to rehab bam 3 days later back in hospital to have infection cleaned again so still taking antibiotics everyday for the rest of my life just saw the surgeon who did not explain that my patella is out of place just said lose weight and that the xrays looked the same as 2014 My rheumatolgist had taken a set of xrays 2 weeks before and said that the patella was off to the side not covering the kneecap

    Posted on April 22, 2018 at 12:38 pm

  • Myra says:

    I’m not sure the name of my replacement. But had it done last year in September 2017. I have had nothing but trouble. Swelling locking spasm clicking pain goes into my thigh swelling goes into my calf. I have spoken to the doctor and he replies doesn’t know what to tell me or to do. Asks me what I want him to do. Hello I’m not the dr. You tell me. I’m so upset. Can’t sleep always in a lot of pain. Can someone tell me what to do PLEASE

    Posted on April 25, 2018 at 12:06 pm

  • Dorothy says:

    Pain stiffness knee feels warm to the touch compared to other knee.Surgery Oct 10 2017

    Posted on May 1, 2018 at 7:52 pm

  • Cheri says:

    Debirah & Mary. I’m Cheri. Had knee replacement Stryker Triathalon X3. Had same symptoms/problems: severe pain, loosening of device, popping sounds, lknee wiuld “give out” while walking. Had revision a year layer.same device. Less than year later above knee amputation. Praying for y’all that situation gets better. I’ve been told by 3 law firms I have no case.

    Posted on May 15, 2018 at 8:49 am

  • Laurie says:

    I had a total knee replacement about 3 years ago..About 6 weeks later I had to go back into surgery to clean out an infection that has set in..About 2 months after Knee Replacement, I had to go back to surgery for a knee manipulation..To this day,some 3 years now I have constant pain, swollen leg from just above knee down to calf..I cannot walk normally since the surgery, I have a constant limp..My primary care doctor prescribes me lidocaine patches, I wear them 12 hours then nothing for 12 hours then put the patches back on for 12 hours..They do not help with the pain and swelling..The surgeon that did my Knee Replacement basically told me that there is nothing he can do..I have since been diagnosed with Chronic Urticaria(Hives) and Angioedema..I have to have 2 shots every 3 weeks..My allergists tested me for everything I could be allergic to, and the tests were all negative..He then told me that it could be related to the Knee Implants..He believes I may be allergic to the metal replacement..I have not pursued this yet as the very thought of going thru another surgery and being laid up for another 6 weeks is not something I want to do..So I break out with Chronic Hives every 3 weeks..I am so tired of living like this and I wish I had never gotten the Replacement done..I don’t know what the future holds for me at this point, I’ve almost given up..

    Posted on May 17, 2018 at 12:07 am

  • Janet says:

    I had total knee replacemen in 2012 and 2015 i was complaining to doc how im still hurting. Nothong done went back two more times to complain and 3rd time i got more x rays at the hospital under some big machine and the diagnosis was revision surgery because its a stryker triatholon and they are coming apart. It must have been coming apart the times i went to complain in 2015 and 2017 then had to have hip replacement on same side i have a broken knee. And i guess he is done with me untill i want him to do surgery on my knee. Im suffering and he wont send me to pain managenent or do nothing to help me cope with my pain in my knee and having still pain in my hip i am going crippeled trying to walk and take care of myself and my mother it us getting me down mentally as well as physically. Im almost worn out. Getting tired of struggleing. Where does one turn?

    Posted on May 22, 2018 at 12:38 am

  • James says:

    I had knee surgery done on my right knee on October 6, 2017. After six months of surgery, on March 16, 2018, I slipped and fell twice in my bedroom. I was taken to Harbor Hospital originally, but I was told by the knee doctor that he could not do anything for me. I contacted my surgeon at Mercy and was transferred there. An MRI was done and it was determine that a torn muscle was the result of the fall. However, surgery was immediately done on March 20,2018 and it was discovered that my knee was infected by bacteria. Later on, the infectious doctor at Mercy told me that I had gotten a virus my leg, and I had to stay on medication to stop the infection for six weeks 7 days a week. In the meantime, a cast was put on my leg to get the right knee straight. The elastic cast stayed on my leg for a month and 1 week. I went to the surgeon and He removed the cast. I had in-home therapy foe several weeks, finished that,, now taking out patient therapy, my knee is still crooked and causing very much limited
    mobility. I just went to the doctor to review my knee on June 20, 2018, he stated that to get this right another surgery might be needed, and he advised me to schedule one with surgical coordinator. Other then that, he did provide other information. Right now, I am not interested in a third operation by surgeon
    on my right knee. I will be seeking a second opinion on my right knee. I am requesting a case review on this and I would like for your legal office to contact me. I made a legal call to your office on June 7, I believe and gave to the taking all the information. I just recently retrieved my x-rays and written reports
    done my knee originally and MRI done on March 18, 2018 with the written report. Please help if you can.
    I can be reached at 410-354-3129.

    Posted on June 21, 2018 at 10:02 am

  • Velma says:

    I had TLKR on June 19th 2018 and I will say this I have never been so sick after a surgery in my life ! And trust me I’ve had many surgery’s ! I throw up from day of surgery for over 2 and a half months ! Doctor come in my room ask me I come in hospital to have surgery with flu or virus I said are you for real ! I was fine coming in that hospital to have surgery ! He even sent a hospital bed to my home ! And when I went back for check up ! I’m so sorry your so sick having all these problems ! You let me know if there’s anything I can do ! Yes tell me why doctors like you are cutting us open taking out a body part that we think needs to be changed for the good to only be put in a way worse health problem of sickness pain hurting swelling and I did this to get up and walk to my bathroom now I can’t and I’m so depressed over this ! I hurt I cry I can’t walk far at all ! I live alone and I don’t have no one to help me and this has been a night mare ! I say fry all these doctors doing this surgery knowing it’s just going be worse ! They say 6 weeks ! 6 weeks my butt ! Now it’s a year maybe better !

    Posted on October 23, 2018 at 11:22 am

  • Dorothy says:

    My mom had a knee replacement since than she is now in disability and has no range of motion cannot bend knee swells always down to ankle and lives in chronic pain

    Posted on January 9, 2019 at 5:34 pm

  • Tiffany says:

    Can I still get s settlement if I haven’t been to doctor since surgery im having problems-ave been for yrs I just take an aspirin for pain to scared to find out if i might have to loose it

    Posted on June 17, 2019 at 8:35 pm

  • Andrea says:

    I have 2 problems a knee that is becoming dislocated after being replaced in 2004. And I’m in stage 4 kidney failure after taking Nexium and now on protonix. Can you help me with either one?

    Posted on August 23, 2021 at 3:40 am

  • Paul says:

    Had left knee replacement in2013 surgeon would never tell me make model all he would say is it looks like a ice cream sandwich an he had done thousands of them with no problem. had to do my own research . He didn’t tell me he used Zimmer Biomet Vanguard.!! It was recalled by FDA in January -4-2017 have swelling above an below my knee my calf shooting pain in my left leg nothing but trouble pain agonies filed complaint with FDA. Have not been back any doctor since staples were taken out do to not wanting to have any one touch my leg pull on it trying to bend it been thru hell with this . My research shows revision surgery would be worse than the first surgery nope I will not do it. FDA said it is the Hospital an your Surgeon to tell you of any recall of your device. I never was by either one!! Please be careful do your research I did mine to late.

    Posted on March 1, 2023 at 5:02 pm

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