The ability to move around without pain is something most of us don’t think about, so when patients undergo knee replacement surgery they believe their pain will go away. However, if the patients are still experience pain it could be the result of a fracture, if the replacement was a Smith and Nephew-Journey knee.
Before the FDA issued an official recall on the Journey knee devices, Smith and Nephew issued a voluntary recall of their own, sending out a warning letter of the possible fracture defect. Then in 2010, the FDA issued their notice, recalling 44 Smith and Nephew-Journey partial knee components. However, both of these warnings came after the FDA was allegedly notified by Smith and Nephew in 2003 that these Journey devices could possibly cause fractures. In that period of time possibly thousands of knees were placed into patients hoping to get relief. That is a significant amount of time for the FDA and Smith and Nephew to keep allowing possible defected products to be implanted into patients. These patients will like need revision surgery or, even worse another possible total knee replacement.
A study done in 2011 further supported the FDA’s recall of these devices saying the Journey devices led to “”unacceptable” results. Compared to other knee implants the Smith and Nephew-Journey base plates are not considered a worthy alternative to other knee implants and 39 percent of surgery results are thought to have a “poor” result.
If you or a loved one has experienced problems resulting from a Smith and Nephew Journey knee replacement, please contact Pogust Braslow & Millrood for a free consultation to make sure that your rights are protected.