Typically a recall mean the product which has been in market for selling is being recalled by company.
In case of knee replacement recall its the knee replacement implants that the manufacturing company is recalling.
Typically knee replacement recalls occurs when manufacturer come to know about defect in manufacturing of knee implants which is causing so many problems to patients or the research and development department finds about some defects once product is in market. Then they could voluntarily recall the all knee replacement implants.
You must be wondering why it happens?
Although there is so much research and development done before any product is finalized and being manufactured and sold in the market.
Still some time some grave errors occur and the product has to be recalled as it does have some problem with functionality or does not serve the purpose for which it is sold. It may be recalled due to complications it can cause as well.
FDA or food and drug administration agency is a national agency which takes care of any knee replacement recalls.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or USFDA) is an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, one of the United States federal executive
departments. The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety, tobacco products, dietary supplements, prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs (medications), vaccines, biopharmaceuticals, blood transfusions, medical devices(Knee Replacement implants), electromagnetic radiation emitting devices (ERED), veterinary products, and cosmetics.
Check FDA website for knee replacement recalls.
Patients are the customer and are the last part of the chain from knee replacement implants manufacturers to distributors to knee doctors to customers.
Although with advent of technology consumers do so much research(that's the reason you are on this website hopefully before your surgery and if not please let others know about this website)they still are the last part of the chain and do not know much about medical ethics that come into picture here as well.
Every year so much amount of money is given to doctors as a gift for using their company implants over their competitors. The problem is that patient has to suffer because if the implant used by doctor is not good and causes problem later down the line he has no one to go to other then some malpractice lawyer.
Have you got problem?:
Have you got consistent pain in your knee after your knee replacement? Do you feel like knee joint loose? Due to these problems has your doctor asked you form revision knee replacement surgery?
If you answer yes to above questions then you should be bit concerned.
Patient must understand that typical knee replacement recovery time may be from 6 months to a year. Does it mean you should fit into this criteria? Not necessarily!
Knee replacement recovery depends on so many factors.
Coming back to the point persistent pain after knee replacement can be a warning sign and you must seek immediate attention from your family doctor and from your surgeon as well who has operated if you can. You must tell them about the problems you are facing with and should ask them if your implant is one among many knee replacement recall?
Same thing applies when you feel your knee joint loose following your surgery.This is more serious sign.
Another reason for Knee replacement recall is loosening of knee implants. They are implanted on knee bones by bone cement which is like normal cement except it is used exclusively for orhtopedic surgeries. If due to failure of knee bone cement implant becomes loose then its serious warning sign. It gives funny feeling in your artificial knee and you must run to your surgeon and tell him the issue.
Depending on the answer and response you get from your doctor you should consider further steps.
If you did not get satisfactory answer then you should think about the legal options you have got and should consider meeting some knee replacement lawyer.
Still in my opinion knee replacement recalls are mainly due to manufacturing defects although the companies pass it on to doctors for improper surgical techniques and wrong patient selection.
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