What is the Aesculap Knee?
Aesculap knee replacement devices are ceramic-coated implants designed to eliminate the loss of metal ions within the body, a serious medical condition known as metallosis. The implants were fast-tracked to market via the FDA’s 510(k) pre-market program, which expedites approval of certain medical devices that are “substantially equivalent” to devices already on the market. Aesculap implants include:
- VEGA System
- Columbus Knee System
- Advanced Surface Technology
- Univation X
- Columbus AS Revision Knee System
- EnduRo AS Knee Revision System
Class Action Alleges Aesculap Knee Failure
A recent lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court (later transferred to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas) alleges that B. Braun and Aesculap marketed their ceramic knee implants to the public despite having knowledge that the devices were prone to early failure and other adverse health consequences. Specifically, the suit claims that Aesculap ceramic joints are defective because they don’t adhere properly to cement used to bond them with the patient’s bones. The implant’s ceramic coating causes moisture to collect between the implant and the bone cement, resulting in the implants loosening and/or failing prematurely, according to the lawsuit. Plaintiffs claim they were required to undergo painful revision surgery and other procedures to correct problems caused by the B. Braun Aesculap knee implant. The class action is: Cocco et al. vs. Aesculap Implant Systems, Inc. et al., Case No. 180301197.
Knee Implant Complications
- Severe knee pain / swelling
- Swelling / stiffness across the entire knee (generalized)
- Infection of the wound
- Unexpected bleeding
- Knee implant rejection
- Bone fractures
- Ligament / artery / nerve damage
- Metal poisoning (metallosis)
- Revision Surgery
- And more
Aesculap Recall Info
To date, none of the above Aesculap knee implants have been recalled. However, these devices are still relatively new and have only been on the market since 2016. It often takes many years and thousands of consumer complaints before manufacturers are forced to issue an official recall of a medical device.
Do I Have an Aesculap Knee Replacement Class Action Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Aesculap Knee Replacement Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one had complications from knee replacement surgery, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.