My dearest friend had TKR with a DePuy Sigma Knee in 2007. He has swelling, pain, stiffness, warm to the touch, and SO MANY restless nights. Since 2007 he has had two additional surgeries. Earlier this spring/summer he underwent a total knee revision. It has not been easy. It really makes me sad to hear so many people are facing a very similiar situation. I think if more people reported their medical complaints to the FDA that would prompt the FDA to investigate consumer concerns more quickly. People who have been legitamately hurt by medical devices and drugs do have a voice. In my opinion if enough people let their voices and experiences be heard action make be taken. You can google search "fda medwatch" or click on the link below to the website. http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/default.htm The instructions indicate that your privacy will be protected if you make the request. Spread the word and best of luck to everyone.View Thread
Arbob5 you are so blessed and fortunate to be doing well. My friend has a new doctor who is part of a high profile orthopedic group. We are confident that he will get my friend where he needs to be. The knee isn't quite where it needs to be for daily activities. Manipulation is on the horizon. As the caregiver/friend/loved one it is so hard to see the person you care about in so much pain for extended periods (5yrs) of time well beyond the normal recovery time frame.
I've decided to take a stand and encourage people to take the time to voice their legitamate complaints/concerns to the FDA for their medical device and pharmaceutical adverse effects. The form is not long and all you have to do is explain. He has all his medical information so it took about 1 hour to complete. It would have taken less time, but we went over it several times because we wanted to be accurate and honest. Its a small step but I felt better afterwards.