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    Smith and Nephew Visionaire System Problem
    chigrl posted:
    I just found out after that the Visionaire System to implant knees has flaws. My fibula side implant is 15 - 20 degrees shift from center. The directions given to the Doctors was incorrect.

    The specialist said it is made for some degree of shifting and that 5 -8 degrees would be ok with little pain but mine is double and very painful.
    I will need a replacement of the upper part.

    Hope this helps someone else seeking answers to severe knee pain after TKR. He said that this is popping up all over the US and expects a recall of some sort soon.
    Otis2 responded:
    Any updates on this device and a recall effort?
    sjh25 responded:
    I am so glad you have posted this.
    I suspect the same thing has happened to me, but nobody wants to take responsibility.

    I'm suffering excruciating incessant pain a year after my Visionaire knee op. Nobody will give me any answers. I am being passed from 'expert' to 'expert'.

    My Bupa insurance premiums have gone through the roof and I can't get insurance from anyone else whilst I have this problem.
    barblee002 replied to sjh25's response:
    I had my Visionaire Knee surgery May 0f 2012. I have suffered unimaginable pain since a couple of months past surgery. One of the problems is that my doctor is no longer in practice for health reasons. I have gone for second opinions and no one wants to tackle my problem.

    My family physician referred me to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fl. Finally someone believes me that the pain is terrible. I go back to Mayo on Jan. 19, 2015 for a neuclear bone scan and another appointment with the doctor there. Finally I will receive answers and hopefully end the pain.

    I am having problems getting the serial number for my knee and the doctors at Mayo need them.

    Has anyone heard about any recalls on visionaire knees? Please let me know.
    sjh252 replied to barblee002's response:
    If there is a recall, I would expect patients in the USA to hear first. So please let us know. 1 year and 8 months after my op and I am still being ignored. My surgeon says there is nothing wrong with the Visionaire procedure. So what the hell can a patient do when they are in excruciating pain years after a Visionaire knee replacement? Something needs to be done. Please let us know if you hear anything - somehow I suspect those suffering this botched procedure will be the last to hear anything.
    linebacker48 replied to barblee002's response:
    I had my Visionaire replacement on 2/14 and a revision on 10/14. My doctor told me after the revision surgery that I had stretched the plastic to twice the original size. Now three months after the revision nothing has changed. The pain is still there and the fluid just keeps building up. The knee is twice the size of the normal one and the pain is unbelievable. The doctor basically told me that there isn't anything else he can do. I am going to get a second opinion soon and try to find out what is going on. I wear a compression sleeve and that gives some comfort but not much.

    Is anyone else having a problem with the fluid buildup?
    kathyvoe333 responded:
    OMG, I am finally able to tell my story to all Visionaire Knee transplants. Had my surgery 12-22-2014,
    I worked hard at my recovery and seemed to be fine until I went to work which, I admit I should not have done. My Dr and my PT Doc both said I was OK to go as long as I took it easy, sitting and not walking too much, which of course is not all sitting exactly so I did work for 4 days with alot of walking and by the end of the end of the 4 days I was in excreuciting pain.

    After only 4 weeks after surgery I was in so much pain I could not even walk. I was back to my walker and went back to my doc said he told me thought I had an infection and ordered all these lab tests and they cam back normal.
    He now wants to do a second surgery where he will take out my plastics knee parts and douse my knees with antibiotics and then close it back up and have me on antibiotics for 6 months.
    I do believe that the implant is not in my knee right. It is so swlloen and so painful, no medicine will make it go away.

    Every day i talk to different doctors and they all have different opinions but no one can do anything about it. I am 63 years old and this kind of pain is just to much to bear. My knee is still all bruised and some parts are stilll open.
    I lay down and ice it but when i have to get back up, I can barely walk. Any help out there????
    barblee002 replied to sjh252's response:
    I have heard many excuses and have tried several suggestions following my visits to Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville and a second opinion in Sarasota. The Dr. in Sarasota said that yes the knee is warm to the touch and to come back in 4 to 6 weeks if it was not better. This was over a year after surgery.

    My family physician suggested that I go to Mayo Clinic. He called and set up an appointment. I waited 4 months to get in to see a doctor. I told her how much pain and aggravation the knee was giving me. She was leaving Mayo to go to teach at Harvard so she referred me to another doctor. I saw her in Jan. 2015. They ran blood tests, took fluid to test from the knee, and did a bone scan and x-ray of the right knee.

    She then suggested that I have a procedure done by using ultrasound and injecting fluid and some steroids into the nerves on the inside of my right knee. The relief was immediate but returned within 3 days and still remains 6 months later. They suggested clipping the nerves on the inside of my knee to eliminate pain. The problem I saw was that the inside of my right knee would be numb down to my ankle. That seemed like a band aid to the situation not a solution.

    My family physician once again called my doctor at Mayo and spoke directly with her and said that he did not suggest that I have that procedure done and made another appointment for me to see her. I will see her in a few days (after another 2 1/2 months waiting period). I don't know what to expect this time but I am praying for a solution. Another total knee replacement will probably be done in the future.
    barblee002 replied to kathyvoe333's response:
    I am sorry for your pain but can not tell you that it will bet any better with time. I am 3 years since surgery and still in a lot of pain most of the time.

    I have contacted the company in Nashville that did the Visionaire mapping for my surgery with no results. I pray there will be a recall or something to eliminate all our pain with the knees.
    yogi11 responded:
    I had my a total knee replacement done on 14 Nov 2015 and I have a lot of the same problems...constant pain, unable to walk without a medical devices and limited walking distances....

    I called the FDA and they sent me out a form to fill out about the medical devices and the problems I am having...I think everyone need to do this and I have called the company who made this devices to ask them about any recall on this issue,but they have not call me back...I have a lawyer who is great in this area..we can be stronger in numbers..If you wish to fill a claim on this against this company send me and email to
    yogi11 replied to barblee002's response:
    If you go back to the doctor who did your surgery,it opens back up your case and gives you one yr to file a claim...

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