Bone cement has recently been alleged to cause serious surgical complications, including the failure of hip and knee replacements. If you or a loved one have experienced complications after having a joint replacement with bone cement, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering, among other losses. We are currently working with experienced bone cement lawyers across the country. They charge no fee unless you get an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number 24/7 or fill out a contact form online.
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What Is Bone Cement?
Bone cement is an adhesive compound that is used in joint replacement surgeries to anchor the artificial joint into the patient’s body. This is accomplished by placing the cement in the space between the prosthesis and bone, muscle, and tendon structures to help the replacement joint remain in place. The compound is commonly made up of a powder initiator and a liquid stabilizer that are mixed together at the time of the surgery and then placed where needed by the surgeon.
In knee and hip replacement surgeries, a common type of bone cement known as high viscosity cement (HVC) is generally used. HCV has become an increasingly popular choice among surgeons due to its consistency. It is thicker than other bone cements, making it easier for surgeons to work with and place during the procedure. It also sets quickly, which shortens the overall length of the surgery. It is expected that the use of bone cement will increase as the number of joint replacement surgeries continues to rise.
Why is Bone Cement Allegedly Dangerous?
A number of serious side effects and complications have allegedly been reported in connection with the use of HVC in hip and knee replacements. Some reported side effects include ongoing pain, swelling, infection, loss of range of motion, and trouble walking. HVC has also been linked to poor bonding, which can lead to loosening of the joints, breakage, and early failure of the joint replacement. Many patients who suffer these complications have to undergo invasive revision surgeries to correct the problem. In some instances, amputation of the limbs has even been necessary due to the impact of the defective cement.
A recent study published by The Journal of Arthroplasty in November of 2018 noted the connection between the use of HVC in joint replacement procedures and these serious complications. However, the study also notes that HVC is being used more frequently than other types of bone cement. It is thought that this is because of the convenience HVC provides to surgeons. HVC is a thicker form of bone cement and it is easier for the surgeon to control during the procedure, which makes it a popular choice. Because it contains less liquid than other forms of bone cement, it sets faster and reduces surgery time. Manufacturers of HVC have made these benefits the continued focus of ongoing marketing campaigns and turned large profits as a result.
The products currently under investigation for failure to bond and premature failure include:
- Cobalt HV Bone Cement (Biomet/DJO Surgical)
- DePuy CMW 1 Bone Cement
- Simplex HV Bone Cement (Stryker/Howmedica)
- SmartSet HV Bone Cement (DePuy)
Common side effects reported in connection with these bone cements include:
- Bone cement implantation syndrome
- Bonding and setting problems
- Loosening or migration of the device
- Infection and fever
- Adverse tissue reaction
- Pain and/or loss of function
- Need for revision surgery
- Need for amputation
Fast Track FDA Approval for HVC Bone Cement
Various types of bone cement, including HVC bone cement, have been granted FDA approval since 2002 under what is known as the 501(k) “fast track” approval process. The process is designed to speed up market approval when a manufacturer can show that the medical device or product is similar to a product already on the market. Through this approach, many manufacturers were able to get FDA clearance for different types of bone cement with little to no clinical data. Since that time, HVC has been linked to a number of dangerous side effects, calling into question the safety of the bone cement.
Are There HVC Bone Cement Lawsuits?
Due to the large number of adverse events and side effects, a number of injured patients and families across the county have been hiring HVC lawyers and filing bone cement lawsuits. While these suits are still in the beginning stages, many law firms have been taking these cases and investigating the dangers associated with bone cement, including high viscosity bone cement.
Contact an Experienced Bone Cement Lawyer Today!
If you or a loved one have suffered from complications after undergoing a total knee replacement or hip replacement with bone cement, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering, among other losses. We are working with experienced bone cement lawyers across the country that handle these cases. There is no legal fee unless you receive a settlement or award. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number anytime at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.