No one loves the idea of needing surgery.
Most people who opt for elective knee replacements find that this particular surgery transforms their life from one crippled by pain, when simple walking has become difficult, to one in which they are more mobile and happier overall.
That’s one reason it can be so heartbreaking when a medical device such as the Zimmer Nexgen knee implant or Zimmer’s recalled Persona® Trabecular Metal™ Tibial Plate knee implant fails to heal and subsequently causes a patient additional distress.
There is growing legal precedent that indicates both of these devices may cause more harm than good.
Doctors once promised that these devices would provide relief from prolonged knee pain. For many patients, however, they may have caused additional injury and the need for expensive supplemental surgeries.
Some discomfort is natural during a patient’s routine recovery after a knee replacement. It’s not unusual for patients to remain in the hospital for 3 to 5 days, then use crutches or a cane for 6 to 8 weeks after surgery. Even after the patient is walking normally, it may take months or even years for nerves and muscles to completely regenerate after surgery.
There are some telltale signs when a knee implant actually fails. The symptoms of a defective knee implant include:
- Chronic, building post-surgical knee pain
- Inability to stabilize yourself after surgery
- Swelling that increases
- Generalized knee stiffness
- A specific, localized pain in the knee
The Zimmer Nexgen knee implant, in particular, has been problematic for some knee replacement patients because it contained porous components meant to stimulate “osteointegration,” or the development of natural connective tissue between human bone and the implant. While this medical device was successful for most patients, it also may have created undue stress, pain, and financial hardship for patients in whom it failed.
If you or someone you love suffered as the result of a defective knee implant, please contact the Minneapolis personal injury attorneys at GoldenbergLaw. You can reach our defective medical device lawyers online through this website or dial (800) 504-0281 for your free case consultation.