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Hip and Knee Replacements Leave Victims Wheelchair-Bound

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Jefferson City, MOWhile many hip and knee replacement lawsuits have been settled over the past few years, thousands of people are still filing defective knee or hip claims. And with an aging boomer population, there is no end in sight.

Bridget, age 58, is a young “baby boomer.” She was looking forward to her retirement years but she has been in a wheelchair since having her knee implant in 2010.

“I had trouble with this DePuy knee right after surgery,” says Bridget. “I couldn’t extend it and a lot of scar tissue built up. My doctor gave me morphine and oxycontin but I still had a lot of pain. I’ve been on painkillers since 2010 and that causes its own set of problems.”

Bridget saw her orthopedic surgeon last month - she is supposed to have her right knee replaced but she is afraid that it will be a defective device and turn out like her left knee. “If the weather changes, my DePuy knee hurts so much I can’t even leave the house,” Bridget says. “When I’m not in my wheelchair, I have a cane to get around and I didn’t use either before the surgery. My surgeon has suggested that I have a revision surgery but I’m afraid of that too.

“I saw something about a DePuy knee recall on TV so I called DePuy. ‘Don’t call us, we will call you,’ someone said. Of course no one called. I wonder if they are putting me off on purpose and now I’m worried about the statute of limitations.

Eliza’s mother, who now has Alzheimer’s disease, has had two knee replacements. The first knee implant was performed about 16 years ago and she started to have problems in the sixth year. “Now her knee is totally disintegrated and she cannot walk, but because she has Alzheimer’s, surgery is not an option,” says Eliza. “Even though she has AZ, she was still able to get around. But her knee would give out quite often and she took a few bad falls as a result. So now she cannot bear weight on that leg and is wheelchair-bound.

Dave’s father had a Stryker hip implant in 2007 - one year before the device was recalled. “Dad’s hip replacement never worked properly: he was always falling down, which made it difficult for Mom to pick him up,” says Dave. “That hip ruined his life. He was confined to a wheelchair and he fell into a deep depression. I remember him saying, ‘I can’t do anything anymore.’ I think he was better off without having a hip replacement. He had nothing to look forward to.”

Dave’s father passed away last year.


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I can relate Ms. Bridget story, except mine is suppose to be the Biomet knee. To this day, have had several full knee replacements and still unable bend knee at 90 degrees. The other iron factor is lawyers do not want to take the case, except the last surgery the prosthetic is loose. I am an active duty member of the US Army, and not disabled as I am being medically discharged from the military. My total quality of life is diminished because of the first surgery in March, 2012, and it's been a disaster. I can not say but someone or something has caused these defective implants and no one wants to take responsibility. The non-care of doctors are protected and in my case, asked my doctor what type of implant? He says, why do you need that? I think it was another type but they put the Biomet after asking for the Lot number, etc.

The treatment to military and veterans is outlandish and Congress should be aware, if they are not already. Why? do we have to be a experiment for others to line their pockets. I need to be compensated for "pain and suffering", plus the loss of career. Thank you. Frances

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Total Knee Replacement Surgery In 1997
Jeffrey Mokris, MD performed total left knee replacement surgery on Mr. Szabo [hereinafter called the “Patient” in May of 1997.

Mr. Szabo did not respond well to the surgery. He was forced to go to physical therapy at Carolinas Physical Therapy Associates for several weeks which did not improve his recovery from surgery. The patient was unable to bend his knee in a normal manner and was forced to have a knee manipulation which did not work so subsequently he was hospitalized for three days where another knee manipulation was performed with an epidural in his a spine. Being paralyzed with the epidural in his spine a very large male nurse came into the hospital room and sat down on my left knee and said see you need bends.

The patient was sent home originally with oxycodone and other high powered pain killers along with a machine to manipulate the left knee. I subsequently was on painkillers and confined to a recliner for 147 days before I could actually walk with the aid of a cane. I was 50 years old at the time.

I also suffer from SEVERE SYMMETRICAL PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS which has kept me on morphine tablets for the past 16 years.

Lastly, I have 100% blockage of my Femoral Artery in the left leg that a vascular surgeon could not open up to PLACE STENTS

I do not know who manufactured my left knee replacement but my knee has given out on several occasions where I just fall down to the ground.


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