What is Bone Cement?
Bone cements have been used to anchor artificial joints for more than half a century. Artificial joints (commonly referred to as prosthesis) are anchored using bone cement. The bone cement fills the free space between the prosthesis and the bone and plays the important role of an elastic zone.
Bone Cement Complications Following Joint Replacement Procedures
Joint replacement is a surgical procedure to help repair the bearing surfaces of the hip, knee, shoulder or elbow joint to help relieve pain and to help regain mobility. Potential candidates for joint replacement procedures are patients who have experienced severe destruction of a joint along with progressively worsening pain and impaired mobility. It is most commonly performed on patients who suffer from Osteoarthritis and other diseases including psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis.
Symptoms of Bone Cement Failure
Patients who have experienced the symptoms of bone cement failure often require a painful and costly revision surgery to remove and replace the device. Symptoms of bone cement failure include:
- Bone Cement Implantation Syndrome (BCIS)
- Weakness of the joint
- Pulmonary embolism
- Implant loosening
- Swelling at the joint site
- Impaired mobility
- Persistent chronic pain
Bone Cement Implantation Syndrome (BCIS)
BCIS (Bone cement implantation syndrome) is characterized by a number of clinical features that may include hypoxia, hypotension, cardiac arrhythmias, increased pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) and cardiac arrest. It usually occurs at one of the five stages in the surgical procedure; femoral reaming, acetabular or femoral cement implantation, insertion of the prosthesis or joint reduction. It is an important cause of intraoperative mortality and morbidity in patients undergoing cemented hip arthroplasty and may also be seen in the postoperative period in a milder form causing hypoxia and confusion.
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Adverse tissue reaction
- Bladder fistula
- Local neuropathy
- Local vascular erosion and occlusion
- Worsening of pain
- Delayed sciatic nerve entrapment
- Intestinal obstruction
Have You Recently Had A Joint Replacement Procedure?
The Olinde Firm is currently evaluating claims for individuals who have bone cement failure symptoms or have developed medical problems due to bone cement failure, such as bone cement implantation syndrome. BCIS is a life-threatening side effect of bone cement failure that can potentially lead to death for some patients. Compensation may be available to those who qualify.
Filing a Bone Cement Lawsuit May Help
Individuals who underwent revision surgery following a joint replacement procedure due to bone cement failure may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. To learn more about filing a bone cement failure lawsuit, please contact The Olinde Firm at 1-800-587-1889 for your free case review.
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If You Have Had a Joint Replacement Procedure that Failed, Forcing You to Undergo Revision Surgery, You May Be Eligible for Compensation. Contact Us For A FREE CONSULTATION.
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