Man sues after unsuccessful knee surgery

By Steve Gonzalez | Mar 24, 2005

Anderson Hospital

A man whose total right knee replacement failed to bond to his bone filed suit March 21 in Madison Countu Circuit Court against Smith & Nephew, Anderson Hospital and Nurses and Company.

Raymond Gavillet claims that an "Oxinium" orthopedic knee implant operation performed in March 2003, failed, causing him serious injuries.

Implant maker Smith & Nephew of Memphis withdrew Oxinium from the market because of its high failure rate, the complaint states. Gavillet claims that the device was defectively designed.

Even though Gavillet's surgery was performed at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Alton, he is seeking damages against Anderson Hospital in Maryville, claiming Anderson made him engage in physical therapy in spite of the fact the implant was not bonding to his bone.

Represented by Aaron Dickey of Edwardsville, Gavillet is seeking at least $350,000 in damages for his injuries.

As a result of the knee implant failure, Gavillet claims the implant loosened in the right knee joint causing him to suffer disabling pain and swelling in and around both of his lower limbs.

Gavillet also claims he was required to undergo investigative tests, another knee replacement surgery, and was exposed to an increased risk of infection or other adverse consequences.

The suit does not claim an infection.

Gavillet states he suffered mental anguish and was prevented from working and enjoying the usual pleasures of life.

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