Knee Replacements with DePuy

Knee Replacements with DePuy

There are 105 comments on the Associated Content story from Feb 15, 2010, titled Knee Replacements with DePuy. In it, Associated Content reports that:

When it comes to having any part of a body replaced with an artificial product, there are some manufacturers on the market that are better then others.

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pierre

Leighton Buzzard, UK

#43 Aug 14, 2012
just been told Ineed a TKR on my left knee is jt worth doing? have quite alot of pain now wikk the pajn be eased
Judy Missouri

Columbia, MO

#44 Aug 17, 2012
I had a total knee replacement in 2008. I had a Depuy rotating platform knee put in. I have had pain, swelling, and stiff leg from the beginning. In 2009 i had to have the scar tissue removed and they also manupalited the knee during surgery. I have never been able to be without pain. If I step on anything with an uneven surface, my knee gives away and I'm down. Three weeks ago I stepped on an uneven surface in a restauraunt and I had so much swelling and increased pain. I am wearing a knee brace and I have to scoot my foot along and walking with a cane. They are considering removing the scar tissue again. Has anyone else had this problem? Ihave lived with pain since they put it in eight years ago, with reoccuring severe pain and unable to bear weight. Can anyone give me advice?
Judy Missouri

Columbia, MO

#45 Aug 17, 2012
I am sorry I need to add to my post. I am taking pain meds so I am not thinking clearly. I had my knee put in in 2004 not 2008. Thanks for understanding.
barbicj
#46 Aug 17, 2012
On May 8, 2012 I had my right knee replaced with the Rotating Platform Knee. I worked at getting the range of motion back and I can walk but my knee makes a clicking sound with each step. When I sit with my leg straight our I can generate a clicking sound by tapping on my knee cap with a finger. Also, when sitting with knee bend approximately 90 degrees, I can move my calf forward and backwards about 1/4. You can see a short video of the motion at:
http://bonesmart.org/forum/threads/knee-motio...

Any comments are welcome
WCW1

Fort Myers, FL

#47 Aug 17, 2012
WCW1 wrote:
I had a TKR with the Depuy Sigma Rotating Platform Knee in 2005. I have had pain constantly, popping cracking,etc. I went to another OS and he looked at the X-ray and he said he could fix a good deal of the problems. He said the problem I was having was very common with this type of TKR system. He did arthroscopic surgery and the whole inside of my knee was filled with a cottage cheese like substance which he call Synovial Tissue. That procedure helped for a while, but last year the pain got very bad and it was determined that the Depuy TKR was failing from Instability. He does not want to do a revision as he said he could not guarantee improvement and revision was a very serious operation. I wish I had never had this type of TKR done. Constant pain. I have a huge brace to help with the knee instability problem. This knee should be RECALLED.
I am replying to my own previous post. I am scheduled to have a Total Knee Revision on (9/5/12). My Ortho said the knee has failed to the point(instability) that it must be replaced. He said that in his opinion this knee in his opinion should not be used as it is a chronic problem prosthesis. The Depuy is easier to put in as the doc does not have to take time to spare the ligaments.
Louise

Pensacola, FL

#48 Oct 7, 2012
My dearest friend had TKR with a DePuy Sigma Knee in 2007. He has swelling, pain, stiffness, warm to the touch, and SO MANY restless nights. Since 2007 has had two additional surgeries. Earlier this spring/summer he underwent a revision. It has not been easy. It really makes me sad to hear so many of you are facing a very similiar situation. I think if more people reported their medical complaints to the FDA that would prompt the FDA to investigate the DePuy Knee and determine if a recall is warranted. We have decided to file a consumer complaint with the FDA. People who have been hurt by medical devices and drugs do have a voice. In my opinion if enough people let their voices and experiences be heard action make be taken. You can google search "fda medwatch" or click on the link below to the website. http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/default.ht...

The instructions indicate that your privacy will be protected if you make the request. Spread the word and best of luck to everyone.
Melissa Morgan

Oak Grove, KY

#49 Oct 25, 2012
I had a Depuy knee replacement on June 3,2009 using the Depuy Sigma RP Knee. Mine failed because of the chromium and cobalt. I had a knee revision on April 2, 2012. My Depuy knee didn't even last 3 years.
Melissa Morgan

Oak Grove, KY

#50 Nov 15, 2012
[I had a Depuy Sigma RP knee replacement in June 2009. It failed and I had to go through revision surgery in April 2012. Since the knee is FDA approved and not a recall, I have no legal rights. It was never reported to the FDA as being a failure. SO I had to report it myself. I finally contacted the News Media and they are going to investigate as to why these medical devices aren't being reported.
Rosie

Lockport, IL

#53 Dec 17, 2012
In Jan 2013 I am scheduled for a knee revision and I am so concerned because it is with Zimmer Nex Geo which has had a recall.The first one was with Depuy which I could not find any recall. The bottom line I don't know who to trust. I just want the pAin to end and be able to walk and sleep without pain. Can anyone give me some advise?
Louise

Pensacola, FL

#54 Dec 27, 2012
Hello everybody it's been a while..... Here's whats been going on since my last post on Oct 7. My friend is healing fairly well from the TRK revision surgery in May 2012. He still has pain, but the pain with this new knee is way better compared to the other knee.....if that makes sense. I convinced him to start seeing a certified herbalist. This occurred after I started researching the benefits of herbs. So far so good. He does castor oil/an herbal oil??? packs for 30 minutes every night, in addition to his exercises and stretching. He is also taking an herbal tincture (40 drops twice a day). He is noticing small improvements in range of motion and pain level. The purpose of the castor oil packs is to break down the scar tissue as a result of three surgery on the same knee. The tincture is for immflimation. We are hopeful.

Rosie I'm sorry to hear your having a rough time with your knee. Is there any way you could delay the surgery until you found a knee that has not been recalled? Perhaps try herbal treatments for 90 days to see if that would help with the pain. Please don't think that I'm being critical of you or pushy....I'm just offering friendly advice. If you do decide to look at herbalist do your research and select an herbalist that has formal training/education. Here is the link to the American Herbalist Guild: http://www.americanherbalistsguild.com/
Perhaps you might find one in your area. All the best.
Cathy

Foresthill, CA

#55 Jan 8, 2013
I looked for sites like this before my knee replacement. I had a full knee replacement in Dec 2010. I've had pain since my surgery. I was told it would go away. I had a back injury early on after my knee surgery, I fell. So I had spine surgery march 2012 and I'm still in pain with the back and knee. My back surgeon is trying to help me and thinks it might be metal related. After reading all of the sites I'm more confused than when I first started looking.
Andrea

United States

#56 Jan 9, 2013
I am 32 years old and will be going in for my 34th knee surgery in 22 weeks. I had a unit done ended up with an infection that lasted 3 1/2 years. Went into cardiac arrest when they were switching my picc line out and at that point I switched orthos. I finally got the infection cleaned up and was converted to a total knee with a rotating platform. This was done about a year and a half ago. I am still in so much pain. They want to go in and cut my popitelius muscle and out in another rotating platform. I heard the rotating platform is not a good option. I want this to be my last surgery anybody have any advice.
Andrea

United States

#57 Jan 9, 2013
Melissa Morgan wrote:
[I had a Depuy Sigma RP knee replacement in June 2009. It failed and I had to go through revision surgery in April 2012. Since the knee is FDA approved and not a recall, I have no legal rights. It was never reported to the FDA as being a failure. SO I had to report it myself. I finally contacted the News Media and they are going to investigate as to why these medical devices aren't being reported.
Im wondering do I go through with the revision or do I request a completely different knee replacement. The one I have now clicks and catches you can hear it when I walk. It causes me so much pain and I am a mother of three ans just want my normal life back. Can't sleep, stand long or even sit long.
Louise

Pensacola, FL

#58 Jan 16, 2013
Andrea I am sorry for all that you've gone through. I'm not sure if you have done this, but personally I would get 2nd and 3rd opinions from the absolute best orthopedic surgeons even if that meant taking a road trip for a doctor's appointment.
Louise

Pensacola, FL

#59 Jan 16, 2013
Everyone we've been searching for lawyers who have represented clients who have had DePuy TKR. You can find court records on the "Public Access to Court Electronic Records" (PACER). I did a search from 01/2005 - 01/2012. I hope this information will help anyone who is trying to find lawyers that have experience in dealing with knee. Here is the link to PACER:

http://www.pacer.gov/
Louise

Pensacola, FL

#60 Mar 1, 2013
This post is a reminder of the importance of filing a complaint with the FDA if you have been injurged or had complications from a medical implant, regardless of the type or manufacturer. My October 7, 2012 post explains the process and provides the link to the FDA.

Recently, FDA issued a Class I recall on the LPS Diaphyseal Sleeve used in the LPS knee system. Here is the link to the story listed on the FDA's website.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/SafetyInfo...
Reece

San Jose, CA

#62 Mar 16, 2013
It is best to check on more information if its really safe undergoing a DePuy knee replacement considering the number of growing cases against DePuy with their artificial hips, to know more about this issues check the latest news at "DePuy Recall News Center" sites.
Ella

San Jose, CA

#63 Mar 16, 2013
If anyone is trying to get a knee replacement with Depuy best to check on the growing number of hip replacement cases at hipreplacementlawsuitcenter dot com
Gerrie Fuhrman

Longwood, FL

#65 Mar 22, 2013
Gail wrote:
Have you gotten a second opinion or third?? My hairdresser's husband saw how good my knees turned out and had his one knee done. Had misery for a year. They fnally had to remove that TKR because it turned out he was allergic to the metal. Had a second TKR and is still having a hard time. He has seen three doctors all excellent but is still having a lot of pain. I would seek the opinion of a very experienced revision specialist at a big ortho hospital with tons of experience and see what he has to tell you. Why did you have surgery at so young an age? Could you be having problems because of some other health issue? And did the doctor you did see in Nev. tell you why he did not think scar tissue could be the problem? That is a pretty quick fix with arthroscopy and pain relief is quick also.
How
How can I tell if I am alergic to the metal. I have pain in the bone above and below the knee replacement. It was done two years ago.
Gerrie Fuhrman

Longwood, FL

#66 Mar 22, 2013
How can I tell if I am allergic to the metal, I have severe pain in the bone above and below the implant.
The surgery was done two years ago.

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