Cases We Handle
We help injury victims recover for accidents and injuries caused by consumer products, including metal hip implants, prescription drugs, and dangerous medical devices. Find out which devices have been known to cause serious side effects, and how we can help you get compensation.
JOURNEY BCS IMPLANT
SMITH & NEPHEW KNEE RECALL
In 2005, the Journey BCS TKA system was introduced to the medical field, “designed” to increase stability to the inside posterior portion of the knee while simultaneously improving normal knee function. These implants were advertised to closely replicate the movement of the native knee in range of motion and load bearing qualities that would improve upon previous designs that only offered a more limited range of motion. However, the Journey I and II implants have come under scrutiny by several studies since their initial implementation. One study in 2014 found that the Journey I implant causes greater movement in the tibia than a normal knee’s movement. All of this movement puts much more consistent force onto the tibia, causing implant failure and fractures to the tibia itself. Subsequent studies confirmed this failure similarly in the Journey II implants as well, causing smooth fractures from the excessive force placed on the brittle supplementary hardware in the tibia.
In a case report published in 2021, it has been concluded that any implant designed similarly to the Journey I and II BCS will suffer from similar issues related to tibial instability, due to the more posterior placement of the implant. This posterior placement consistently provides negative results for those who receive the implant, including devastating replacement failures which lead to further injuries to the tibia and regularly require additional surgery and medical care to treat. Not only do patients who suffer from these implant failures have to endure the pain of the hardware breakage, but they then have to undergo a painful and time consuming secondary surgery to remove the debris from this failure and replace their original implant. These failures have been unprecedented in the medical community, with only a handful of reported failures of previous models of total knee arthroplasties that were caused by impingements to the outside of the knee, which accelerated wear and tear past what would be normally expected.
In comparison, case studies of the Journey I and II total knee arthroplasties showed a mere four years of use in certain patients before failure was reported, usually happening while the patient was performing squats or in a crouching position. These hardware failures did not happen to patients with a history of trauma to the knee post-surgery, either. With the flaws in the entire design of the Journey I and II BCS’s, patients were set up for these failures from the start, regardless of their medical history, or how “careful” they were with what should have been an effective, safe total knee arthroplasty meant to restore the complete function of the knee. Individuals who were given the Journey I and II implants were told by their doctors that this model was the “cutting edge” of total knee replacement science and that the design was meant to mimic that of a brand new, native knee. This could not have been further from the truth, with the flaws in the design of the Journey I and II causing failures almost immediately post-operation.
Why should I file a claim with an attorney?
If you have been affected by the Journey I and II total knee arthroplasty implants, you may be entitled to compensation for the pain and suffering that you have had to endure as a result of these false claims of safety and the manufacturer’s misleading of the medical community as to their effectiveness. It’s imperative that action is taken now to hold this manufacturer accountable for the falsities to their claims of safety, to prevent others from suffering the same fate of failed knee replacement hardware and further medical issues and surgeries that may be required to fix these failures.
Please call us today for more information and to see if you qualify for representation by McGartland Law Firm. Don’t wait, let’s get you on the path of justice and healing today.