Zimmer Recalls More Than 11,000 Knee Implants
What if you underwent a major surgical procedure such as a knee implant and it started loosening within months? This may seem like something from a nightmare, but it’s a situation that many patients experienced after getting implants. Zimmer – the largest manufacturer of knee implants – recently recalled thousands of its Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plates due to defective screws that can loosen and cause serious complications.
Zimmer received numerous complaints about complications caused by the implants, but alleges that the recall is voluntary. The Class II recall was issued by the Food and Drug Administration on March 12. A Class II recall means that the product causes medical issues that can be reversed or are temporary. This may make the situation seem relatively minor, but the complications can be severe.
All sizes and lots of the device were recalled, affecting 11,658 implants. Surgeons, doctors and hospitals in the 25 states and 14 countries that used the implant were informed of the recall on February 16. The implants were also used in various VA hospitals throughout a dozen states. The Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plates have now been taken off the market and those affected were to be quarantined.
One of the most serious complications caused by the Zimmer implants are radiolucent lines. These are large gaps between the bone and components that can lead to bone damage due to debris and joint fluid becoming lodged in the gaps. When radiolucent lines are present, the implant typically must be removed and replaced.
As one of the largest medical device manufacturers – particularly hip and knee implants – Zimmer is no stranger to recalls. The company has been involved in several recalls since 2008. Knee devices and hip and tibia components were recalled due to failed implants caused by defective and loosened screws. Many patients filed lawsuits and the company set aside $70 million to pay for surgeries to fix the issues. Thousands of lawsuits are still pending.
We are currently investigating DePuy Synthes Attune Knee Replacement Lawsuit claims for patients that have undergone a revision procedure following implant of the device.
Those suffering from issues caused by knee implants have legal rights. Besides pain and discomfort, an improperly performed or defective implant can cause swelling, damage to the bone and tissue and may require a revision surgery. Our attorneys have represented patients in claims for defective Zimmer Nex Gen Knee implants. If you have had a Zimmer knee implant and have been told that you will need to have a revision surgery, contact our office for a free consultation. Do not delay, as there are strict time limits for making a claim. If you have been injured by a Zimmer knee device, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, subsequent surgeries, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.