The public has only recently been made aware of the dangers of hip and joint replacement failures, and now there’s a new potential threat to patients. The chemical glue used during surgeries may not hold the joint together, causing considerable pain as the “repaired” joint fails.
What Is Gentamicin?
Chemical glues and cements are often used to permanently fuse metal or ceramic implants to human bone. As infections are common side effects of these surgeries, DePuy Orthopaedics intended to prevent this outcome by adding an antibiotic called Gentamicin into its bone cement formula. While the antibiotic may prevent infection as it becomes absorbed into the body, it can also weaken the glue itself, causing the newly re-formed joint to come apart.
Patients who have received Gentamicin bone cement during joint surgery may suffer any of the following:
- Loosening of the joint. The FDA has received reports that DePuy’s bone cements that contain Gentamicin are more likely to fail, causing the mechanical implant to become loose in the joint as it separates from the bone.
- Pain and immobility. The failure of the glue causes significant pain to a patient. The implant may grind against the one as it pulls away from the joint or fail to support the patient’s weight, resulting in an inability to walk or even total immobility until the problem can be corrected.
- Additional surgeries. In cases where the implant has failed to adhere to the bone, the only way to repair the damage is through revision surgery. This not only means a patient will face the risks of the procedure and a secondary recovery time, but the revision surgery may be more complicated due to the need to replace the current device. If there is extensive wearing away or the bone and damage to the surrounding tissue, patients may be unable to work, drive, walk, and perform other daily activities for prolonged periods.
If you or a loved one has suffered significant pain and losses due to a failed joint replacement surgery, we can help. At Wayne Wright LLP, we can help you take action against the people responsible for harming your health with a procedure that was supposed to improve your quality of life. Call 800-237-3334 today to discuss what happened to you with an attorney. Your consultation with us is free, and you owe us nothing unless we win your case.