In September 2003, medical products company Smith & Nephew issued a voluntary withdrawal of two knee replacement
implants because of defects. According to the company, dozens of cementless versions of the Oxinium Genesis II and Profix II knee systems became loose after doctors implanted the devices. Over 30 patients were forced to have a repeat operation. Smith & Nephew withdrew the implants due to concerns over patient safety.
Re-operations increase a patient's risk of suffering an infection or muscle, tendon and joint damage
. The dangers of knee replacement devices first came to light when Sulzer Orthopedic recalled knee replacements in March 2001, affecting over 1,000 patients.
See your doctor if you have experienced problems after receiving a Smith & Nephew knee replacement device. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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