"Vanguard™ Complete Knee System" by B...
Lorena

Marshall, WI

#102 Mar 11, 2012
Glenn wrote:
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I had both knees replaced in Feb. 2006 with Biomet Replacements I don;t know what happened but I have been in pain ever since the replacements Dr. Christopher Lyons seems dumbfounded when trying to give me an answer He thinks he is Gods Gift to Man and never makes a dam mistake but he sure made a big mistake on me and now I have to live with it He really doesn't seem to care As far as he is concerned he did the job right. Does anyone know do other people have problems with Biomet Knee replacements?
Yes I had mine done in 6-10 and have been in intense pain since. After the
3rd opinion, I was told that the tibia plate had broken loose from the bone and was grinding down my bone with every movement. No wonder it hurts.I did all my PT and more, which only increased the pain and immobility. Now I need to trust them to do a revision, as they so loosely call the torture and agony I will again have to endure. I have to pay this bill and have an increased chance of infection. My DR also was "dumbfounded", He knew what was wrong and blew me off to rid himself of the responsibility. Have a bone scan done to find out what is really wrong. That is the only way you'll get answers. The Dr's belong to a "Good Old Boys" club, and give a s__t about you.
Janet

Owings Mills, MD

#103 Mar 11, 2012
Lorena wrote:
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Yes I had mine done in 6-10 and have been in intense pain since. After the
3rd opinion, I was told that the tibia plate had broken loose from the bone and was grinding down my bone with every movement. No wonder it hurts.I did all my PT and more, which only increased the pain and immobility. Now I need to trust them to do a revision, as they so loosely call the torture and agony I will again have to endure. I have to pay this bill and have an increased chance of infection. My DR also was "dumbfounded", He knew what was wrong and blew me off to rid himself of the responsibility. Have a bone scan done to find out what is really wrong. That is the only way you'll get answers. The Dr's belong to a "Good Old Boys" club, and give a s__t about you.
Had mine done in Jan 2010 and have been in constant pain ever since. I recently read an article in "The Journal Of Medicine" that states "There is not enough LONG TERM evidence to support the safety of joint replacements". We have all been mislead by the medical community. Please report your cse to the FDA. it is the only way we can force a recall of Biomet.
Courtney

Garner, NC

#104 Apr 5, 2012
Count me as another dissatisfied recipient of a Biomet Vanguard Knee. I had mine done two years ago and began having trouble about five months after the surgery when it began locking causing me a great deal of pain. When I bend it, the kneecap slides to the side with a loud noise and considerable pain.
The bone scan cited possible loosening.
I am MUCH worse off than I was and must be on pain meds around the clock. Even with the meds, the pain is sometimes unbearable. It is a deep bone ache if you know what that feels like. I wish I had never had this surgery.
I plan on writing to the FDA.
Tom W

Brooklyn, NY

#105 Apr 5, 2012
I am five months post op with the Biomet Vanguard. I am male and 57 years old. I cycle/eliptical every day and continue to do P/T on my own daily. I am virtually pain free, walking perfectly normal and started playing golf again. There is still some mild stiffness but even that is subsiding. Some days it feels like I never had surgery. From what I have researched, it is not so much the Biomet product that is the cause of someone's pain, but rather the expertise of the surgeon performing the procedure. As I stated in a previous e-mail, there are several manufacturers of prosthetic knee replacement parts. Google any one of these companies and you are sure to find patients complaining about that particular product and the pain it is causing. These are super expensive products and have to be installed perfectly. Good luck to everyone.
Janet

Owings Mills, MD

#106 Apr 5, 2012
I had this system put in in January 2010. My Dr said it was one with the fewest problems and has a very good track record. I can not say if it is a good system or bad because my knee still hurts and is swollen but I think it is perhaps just me.
Jim wrote:
I spoke to my OS today and he uses the "Vanguard™ Complete Knee System" by Biomet. Has anyone ever heard of this comapany and have any thoughts?
http://www.biomet.com/patients/vanguard_compl...
Thanks,
Jim
golfinbev

Battle Creek, MI

#107 Apr 17, 2012
Janet wrote:
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I had a total knee replacement in Jan of 2010. I have had constant pain since the surgery and I to cannot get a satisfactory answer from my Dr. His only answer is that some people respond differently to the surgery. Oh my knee is also still quite swollen.
Make sure your not allergic to nickel..I had a TKR in Oct 2011.....and have to have a revision May 9 2012..because I am allegic to the nickel which has lossen the TKR..so I have to go threw this all again..Best of luck to you..Bev in Michigan
Kevin

Bremerton, WA

#108 May 16, 2012
I am considering having both knees done at the same time with the biomet vanguard total knee surgery. If there is anyone who has had both knees done at the same time I would appreciate hearing from them.
Phil

Columbus, OH

#109 May 28, 2012
Mike,
Your problems mirror my wife's. She had her left knee done in Dec., 2010 and the right knee in Feb. 2011. She has had to take pain medicine regularly since then and regret ever having the surgury. She is now experiencing severe back, hip, and knee pain. She has lost all confidence in doctors and I can't get her to have another OS check it out .
Mike Smith wrote:
I had this knee replacement done on Jan 12.2010 and have had nothing but trouble with mine since I got it. My knee pain has worsen since I got this done than before. My knee actually moves from side to side and makes a awful grinding sound and pops in and out as well. I have not been able to resume work since the surgery. I was in construction climbing up and down ladders all day and my doctor says that nothing is wrong as well that it just takes time. My knee still swells up like a balloon and I am having to take pain medicine all the time since the surgery. I wish that I had never had this done. I walk with a limp now and use a cane. I am only 47 years old. I know something is wrong but my doctor want believe me. I would not recommend this knee.
Thanks, Mike
Mike Hughes

Cohasset, MN

#110 May 29, 2012
i had a biomet knee replacement done for my left knee in july, 2009. the knee joint works fine with very little pain, hardly noticeable at all. i do have a problem as a result of the surgery though. i found out after the surgery that the surgeon turned over the job of closing up my knee to a physician's assistant who was assisting with the operation. she left some thing behind as i have a non-cystic mass that measures 18x23x48mm in the space behind my new knee. that mass is putting pressure on the nerves there and that causes spasticity in all the muscles on my left side from my knee to the middle of my back which is quite painful. when i attempted to get some help from the surgeon, i was accused of "abuse of staff" and was told that they would no longer service my orthpaedic needs! now i can't find a surgeon who is willing to work on this.
David

Louisville, KY

#111 May 29, 2012
Lorena wrote:
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Yes I had mine done in 6-10 and have been in intense pain since. After the
3rd opinion, I was told that the tibia plate had broken loose from the bone and was grinding down my bone with every movement. No wonder it hurts.I did all my PT and more, which only increased the pain and immobility. Now I need to trust them to do a revision, as they so loosely call the torture and agony I will again have to endure. I have to pay this bill and have an increased chance of infection. My DR also was "dumbfounded", He knew what was wrong and blew me off to rid himself of the responsibility. Have a bone scan done to find out what is really wrong. That is the only way you'll get answers. The Dr's belong to a "Good Old Boys" club, and give a s__t about you.
I have like you two biomet knee replacements. Did my homework on this subject for several years and I have not been dissappointed by the biomet knees. In the very beginning of course I had pain. I ride bikes for exercise and this seems to have help my range of motion and deal with the scar tissue build up that we get with this type of surgery. Hang in there, contiue your rehab, ice, and persistence. It will get better.
JACQUIE BALODIS

Las Vegas, NV

#112 Jun 9, 2012
I had a TKR in April 2011 using biomet. Currently, the pain and swelling are continously increasing They are worse than preop. I am considering having a in Las Angeles at the internationally known hip and knee institue (check it's website).
Intially after 2 months of pt, I had good-excellent extension and flexionee. Now my knee is stiff. My pulmonary doctor can see that my knee is unequal on both sides and compared to the non TKR knee.
Many of us are having post op problems with biomet
besides pain meds, heat helps my pain.
Post revision will see my attorney.
Many are having postop problems with hip and knee replacement.
Michele

Royal Oak, MI

#113 Jun 10, 2012
I just recently had a revision on this Biomet Vanguard knee because it was becoming loose after less than 7 years. My doctor had to replace the whole knee except for patella. Particles were coming off from the original knee replacement and turning the tissue and fluid in my knee gray. I too had vigorous PT for eight weeks on the original bilateral knee replacement. Everything was fine at first but no way should a revision need to be done in less than 7 years of the original replacement
rusty bucket

Canberra, Australia

#114 Jun 10, 2012
Every one asks their doctors about noises etc in their knee. They are after answers that doctors cant provide. As a doctor told me "only you know your knee". My knee was grinding and coming out and the surgon couldnt find anything wrong. The thing is, i sit down and put pressure at differant angles and i have trouble explaining what happens and i expected the doctor to know. They are'nt miracle workers and we expect to much from them.
ann

La Grange, IL

#115 Jun 25, 2012
Carl wrote:
I had a knee replacement using this in 2008. And am still having A LOT of pain with it. My OS isn't giving me a straight answer as to what could be causing the pain. Has anyone else had a problem like this after having the knee replacement? I weigh 130 pounds and am 5'7"
Thanks
my mom has had nothing but pain for over a year also can't get a straight answer from her dr.
Anne

Moravia, NY

#116 Jul 13, 2012
TKR, female, age 70, height 5 feet 8 inches, weight 170. Today my Bio Met Vanguard knee is 74 days old and I am back in Pilates, walking, gardening, stationary bike, and PT twice a week working to regain stamina, range of motion, and muscle strength. Less pain/discomfort than before surgery, more range of motion, no pain meds and less horrid, grinding noise from my knee. So I guess I am a success. My expectation is that I will continue to improve the next 6 to 7 months. I need to lose more weight too. 140 would be nice.

Best thing I did for myself was a week in a rehab hospital after surgery. I noted that on the knee/hip replacement unit of about 25, most were obese, most were physically out of shape, many had type 2 diabetes, several were on their 2nd or 3rd knee. One obese man with type 2 diabetes claimed to be on his 7th knee, and he was in his late 40's. What a waste of resources.

The hospital where had my surgery does a lot of knee and hip replacements. They turn away obese patients and smokers. My opinion is that those who haven't taken care of themselves should not be allowed to use up medical dollars if they are unwilling or unable to benefit. And this from a lefty who wants single payer health care. I love my single payer Medicare. But patients need to be realistic and doctors need to say no when it is obvious that a surgery will not bring relief for the problem.

Anne
jlr

Pella, IA

#117 Aug 2, 2012
i started off having sco;pes done on the right knee in late 07 then in 08 and 3 in 09 with the third one being opened up to try and figure out what is causing the pain, but to no evail nothing was foun, then in june of 2010 was referred to a orthopedic surgeon, he said basicly ur cartila\ge is worn out on the inside of ur leg meaning the meniscus, whcih is the same one tha caused the 5 previous surgeries, at this poing he recommended a knee replacement from biomet vanguard, since its been replaced have terrible pain intense burning, and neuropathy in my feet some say its not related but when it happens when u wake from anasthesia then you know it had something to do with it. has anyone written letters to or tried to reach the fda over this matter something needs to be done. alot of us are on pain management because of this and had numerous dr visits with no answers, it kinda drives you nuts, anyways im jason had my total in2010 its been 2 years now and feels like it was last month
Retired Maillady

Clearlake, CA

#118 Aug 2, 2012
To jlr from Broken Arrow, OK in the last post:

Please go back to page 4 of this forum and read my posting dated Sept. 16, 2011. It gives you information on making a complaint to the FDA regarding the Biomet Knee. I made an official complaint/report to both the FDA and Biomet company.
Since that posting, I have seen a rheumatologist for continued swelling in the replaced knee. I have again had it drained of fluid and had it scoped and cleaned out of scar tissue. I am now on drugs called Methotrexate which is a low-dose chemotherapy, Celebrex and Plaquenil. I am finally getting relief of pain and fluid retention in the knee. These drugs have also helped with the neuropathy in my feet. I now take 22 prescription pills a day. Since I had my knee replaced and am limited in the amount of exercise I am able to do, I have become diabetic and have high blood pressure. I am no longer able to walk one mile a day let alone the 8-10 miles a day I walked while carrying mail. I could go on and on, but quite frankly, I am tired.....
jlr

Broken Arrow, OK

#119 Aug 8, 2012
i had the biomet vanguard system on my sixth surgery of my right knee, and have had nothing but problems from it since popping grinding constant feeling out of place, and a definate possibility of collapse when walking it has been 2 years since mine so by all rights it should be healed completely, but i still have pain as though i am only 3_4 months from the initial surgery,. plus now have neuropathy started from the day of the tkr which i have heard may be due to a metal allergy to the tkr, has anyone spoken to an attorney about all of theese problems or to the fda to have them at least check and see what is going on with this device???????
Retired Maillady

Clearlake, CA

#120 Aug 8, 2012
As I stated in my previous post and the posting I made on Sept. 16, 2011, I have filed an official complaint to the FDA and they have replied back that they will keep my letter on file and may contact me in the future if they need more info. They stated that the more people that write to them with problems, the sooner action would be taken. At this time it appears that I and a very small few have actually made a written report. You can submit using the internet by going to www.fda.gov/medwatch . Click on submit report. It really doesn't help anyone to just post complaints on this forum if you aren't actually going to follow up with a report to the FDA. I mean, really, who among us can help anyone regarding this problem?
Teresa

Pell City, AL

#122 Sep 26, 2012
Jim wrote:
I spoke to my OS today and he uses the "Vanguard™ Complete Knee System" by Biomet. Has anyone ever heard of this comapany and have any thoughts?
http://www.biomet.com/patients/vanguard_compl...
Thanks,
Jim
Jim.... DO NOT use the biomet vsnguard.I have had my left knee worked on 4 times. About to be the 4th time for my rjght knee.

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