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What are some recalled knee replacements?

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Some partially or completely recalled knee replacements include the Biomet Vanguard CR, the Duracon Total Knee from Stryker and Stryker's Unicompartmental Knee System, according to Drugwatch. Additionally, the LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary Component and the LPS Diaphyseal Sleeve from DePuy Orthopaedics are under recall, notes Cory Watson Attorneys.

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There have been numerous recalls of knee-replacement products from DePuy Orthopaedics, reports Drugwatch. The company's LCS Knee Implant-Meniscal device came under recall because there were instances of incorrect size labels on the knee-replacement parts. There was a recall of another knee-replacement product from the same company, the LCS Duofix Femoral Component, because it contained a substance called alumina that caused swelling and pain in joints.

Another recall of DePuy knee-replacement products occurred as a result of reports the Food and Drug Administration received regarding the company's LPS Diaphyseal Sleeve, states Cory Watson Attorneys. According to the reports, units manufactured between 2008 and July 2012 had been malfunctioning. In January of 2013, the company recalled the parts and warned surgeons and hospitals not to use any LPS Diaphyseal Sleeves they still had in stock.

One problem with both the LPS Diaphyseal Sleeve and the LPS Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary Component is that there have been instances of them fracturing because they were unable to withstand patients' weight, explains Cory Watson Attorneys. A fractured knee replacement can lead to serious consequences, such as the loss of the limb, infection and damage to nearby soft tissues.

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