On August 13, 2018, the Circuit Court of Boone County rejected the University of Missouri Curator’s motion to dismiss the pending lawsuits against the University of Missouri over the Mizzou BioJoint.
To date, our office has filed 5 lawsuits against the University of Missouri, Dr. James Stannard, James Cook, DVM, and others over the so-called Biojoint surgery. Orthopedic surgeons at Mizzou, including Dr. Stannard, have promoted Mizzou as the only place in the world to have biologic knee replacement. The procedure involves removing portions of the surfaces of the patient’s knee and replacing them with donor (cadaver) bone and cartilage. While using this technique to replace small, isolated areas of damaged cartilage, previous studies have shown that it is unlikely to be successful as a treatment for arthritic knees. Despite that, Mizzou surgeons continue to perform the surgery.
The lawsuits we have filed include allegations against the University Curators under the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act, alleging that the University has misrepresented the procedure, the procedure outcomes and risks to patients in order to induce them to have the surgery. The Curators moved to dismiss the counts, but the Court denied their motion.
If you have had a Mizzou Biojoint procedure, and have had any complications, please contact our office.