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Smith and Nephew Visionaire System Problem
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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.
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Otis2 responded:
Any updates on this device and a recall effort?
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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?
 
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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????


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