DePuy Orthopedics has issued a Class I recall for components of the LPS knee replacement. The recall was initiated after 10 people reported that their implant loosened, fractured, or failed. Individuals who suffer knee replacement failure are at risk of limb amputation, debilitating pain, complications, revision surgery, medical expenses, and prolonged recovery time.
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Class 1 DePuy LPS Implant Recall
August 1, 2013 — DePuy has recalled another component of the Limb Preservation System (LPS) — the LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary component can fracture under normal loads. Click here to read more.
DePuy Knee Replacement Recall 2013
In January 2013, Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopedics unit announced a Class 1 recall of the Limb Preservation System (LPS) knee replacement . In February 2013, the DePuy knee replacement recall was announced publicly by the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a Safety Warning:
“This may result in fracture of the sleeve at the taper joint which may also lead to loss of function or loss of limb, infection, compromised soft tissue or death.”
DePuy is recalling the diaphyseal sleeve, a component of the LPS system that helps fit the implant to a patient’s body. The problem is that the taper connection between the sleeve and the base may fracture under the weight of some patients during normal use. DePuy and the FDA have received 10 reports of loosening, fracture, or premature failure of the device, which prompted the 2013 DePuy knee replacement recall.
Knee Replacement Problems
Defective knee implants can cause severe, debilitating injuries. Many people suffer for months with instability, decreased mobility, and pain before electing to undergo revision surgery for a defective knee replacement. Our DePuy knee replacement lawyers may be able to help you recover compensation for these injuries — and more.
Recalled DePuy knee implant injuries may include:
- Pain in the knee joint
- Abnormal sounds (popping, clicking, scraping, or grinding)
- Instability in the knee
- Loosening or dislocation of the implant
- Bone loss (osteolysis)
- Bone fracture
- Limited mobility
- Loss of limb
- Loss of limb function
- Inflammation, swelling in the knee
- Severe infection
- Soft tissue damage
- Revision surgery
- And more
DePuy Knee Lawsuit Settlement in Australia
This is not the first DePuy knee replacement recall. On December 4, 2012, Bloomberg reported that DePuy agreed to settle with hundreds of Australians who were implanted with the DePuy LCS Duofix Femoral knee replacement, which was recalled in 2009. Each individual was paid between $30,000 and $65,000 in compensation. In comparison, DePuy has already settled several DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuits for more than $200,000 each