Patients implanted with DePuy Orthopaedic's knee Limb Preservation System (LPS).
The sleeve component of the LPS System may pose a fracture risk and potentially put the patient at risk for infection, compromised soft tissue, loss of limb, loss of function or death.
DePuy Orthopaedic Inc., a unit of Johnson & Johnson
The LPS is an end-stage revision knee product which allows surgeons to reconstruct severe soft tissue damage and bone defects which result from tumors, severe trauma, infection and difficult revision arthroplasty. The device is designed to replace both the knee joint and lost bone in the leg.
In Feb. 2013, the FDA issued a Class I recall on the diaphyseal sleeve used in the knee LPS system. The agency has reportedly received six reports of fractures and four reports of loosening in the sleeve joint.
Patients who experienced problems with DePuy Orthopaedic’s knee Limb Preservation System (LPS) may have legal recourse in light of an FDA recall. In Feb. 2013, the FDA issued a Class I recall – reserved for products that have a reasonable probability for causing serious health problems or death – on a component, known as the diaphyseal sleeve, in the knee replacement system. According to the FDA, the tapered base of the sleeve may be incapable of supporting weight transferred to the joint during normal, everyday activities and put patients at risk for serious complications.
Have you or a loved one experienced problems after being implanted with DePuy’s knee LPS? If so, you may be able to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering and other losses.
Problems with Recalled DePuy Knee Joint Part
The FDA announced that the device's inability to withstand weight bearing loads may result in sleeve fractures, which could put patients at risk for the following complications:
Loss of function
Loss of limb
Compromised soft tissue
Signs which may indicate failure of the knee replacement system include the following: pain in the knee; swelling; abnormal gait; abnormal sound in the knee implant; stiffness; instability; infection; loosening of the knee implant; inflamed or red skin; warmth; and fracture.
DePuy Knee LPS Lawsuits
Patients who experienced complications with the DePuy Knee LPS may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer to recover compensation for their losses.