The AES ankle replacement was used extensively in Leeds. Unfortunately, it had a high failure rate and was withdrawn by the manufacturer. Pryers Solicitors are bringing claims for compensation against the manufacturer.
The AES (ankle evolutive system) was made by a French company, Transystème, and distributed by Biomet, one of the world’s largest orthopaedic companies. After some initially good reports, surgeons throughout Europe began raising concerns about the device.
Their concern was that the device gave rise to a much higher than expected rate of osteolysis, which is a process by which the bone around the device becomes soft and disintegrates, leading to the development of large holes or cysts. The components then become loose, requiring surgery to remove the metalwork, fill the holes and fuse the ankle, leaving it very stiff and often shorter than the other side. In the most severe cases, the bone can collapse suddenly, causing enormous damage.
Use of the device in the UK stopped in 2008 but those patients with the AES were not informed of the concerns. In July 2012, the UK medical product regulator, the MHRA, issued a warning to all hospitals in England and Wales, telling them of the risk posed by the AES and advising them to recall all their AES patients. Since then, all patients should have been reviewed regularly to ensure that, if further treatment is required, it is offered as early as possible. This is particularly important as the bone damage often causes no symptoms until a very late stage.
Pryers Solicitors of York act for a group of patients who have suffered the early failure of the AES and have been investigating the device for more than two years. Pryers have evidence from some of the world’s leading experts in ankle surgery and are now confident of establishing that the AES is defective and that the manufacturer should have discovered the problems at a much earlier stage.
In legal cases concerning defective products, a claim must be registered with the court within 10 years of the date on which the device was supplied by the manufacturing company. In many cases, this is more than a year before it is supplied to the patient. The claim must also be registered within three years of the date on which the patient first suspected that the device had failed.
Unfortunately, some AES claims are already out of time, but others will be very close to their time limit. Therefore, if you have received an AES ankle replacement and might wish to take legal action at some point in the future, we urge you to contact Pryers Solicitors as soon as possible to ensure your position is protected.
If you have suffered problems with an AES ankle replacement, please contact Richard Starkie or a member of his team on 0800 316 0166 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.