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Arthrex Knee Lawsuit

Arthrex Knee Lawsuit

Recalls have been issued by Arthrex Inc. for knee replacements and suture anchors that are used in knee surgery. Patients may need another surgery if their knee implant loosens and fails prematurely.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Arthrex knee induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by a bad knee replacement, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

Arthrex iBalance Knee Recall

In February 2016, Arthrex Inc. issued a Class II recall for the iBalance TKA Tibial Tray (Size 2) for knee replacements. Arthrex received reports of devices that had a smooth metal outer surface instead of a textured surface.

What is the problem?

Patients may need revision surgery if their Arthrex iBalance® knee replacement fails or loosens. The most common sign of this complication is knee pain or an unstable knee — often as a result of poor bonding between the metal implant and the patient’s knee bones.

Symptoms of Knee Implant Failure

  • Knee pain
  • Instability or loosening
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Bone or muscle damage
  • Swelling
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Limited mobility

Arthrex Recalls SwiveLock Knee Suture Device

In March 2017, the FDA announced a Class II recall for the Arthrex SpeedBridge Implant System with PEEK SwiveLock® SP Anchors.

The problem is that some eyelets broke from the SwiveLock Self-Punching (SP) Suture Anchors when it was inserted into hard bone. The device is used to secure soft tissue to bones in knee surgery.

Arthrex found a problem with the self-punching eyelet in the SwiveLock Anchor and warned surgeons that it may break. According to the Urgent Voluntary Recall (PDF) notice:

“We have received several reports of eyelet breakage upon attempted insertion into very hard bone. In response to these reports, we decided to halt sales and pull back inventory until the eyelet can be enhanced.”

Arthrex Awarded $17 Million in Knee Suture Lawsuit

In December 2016, Arthrex was awarded $17 million by a jury in Texas who found that Smith & Nephew copied designs for Arthrex’s SwiveLock suture anchors and infringed on patents. SwiveLock is a knotless anchor to attach tissues to bones in reconstructive surgery.

The trial was in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas — In RE: Arthrex, Inc. v. Smith & Nephew, Inc. et alCase No. 2:15-cv-01047-RSP and Case No. 2:15-cv-01756-RSP.

Do I have an Arthrex Knee Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Arthrex knee induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by a bad knee replacement, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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