Knee replacement devices have the potential to greatly benefit the lives of patients through increased mobility and diminished pain. However, such devices can also cause tremendous problems when they fail. These defective knee replacements are often reporting premature device failure that can cause serious pain and potential bone loss and muscle damage.
GoldenbergLaw is currently handling cases involving failures of multiple knee replacement devices, specifically the Zimmer Persona systems. GoldenbergLaw’s expert team of knee replacement attorneys have over 30 years of experience in medical device litigation. Trust our team to help you sleep better.
Knee Replacement Lawsuits: Case Quick Facts
The Persona Knee Replacement System is manufactured by Zimmer, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of knee implants, and consists of several parts that must work together to increase mobility and enhance quality of life in the manner patients are promised. The Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate is one such part. However, Zimmer has recalled nearly 12,000 of its Persona Knee Replacement Systems due to issues with the Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate. While the tibial plate is intended to be placed without the need for surgical cement, patient complaints indicate that the component is not functioning as intended. Instead, patients are developing radiolucent lines, discernible on X-rays, which are gaps between either the implant and the bone or between the implant components themselves. Such gaps can occur when an implant is improperly secured, and growth of these gaps may allow for the resultant space to fill with tissue or fluid and cause the implant itself to fail. Zimmer is also no stranger to defective products. In 2008, Zimmer recalled its Durom Cup hip replacement component after it was discovered that the implant sometimes failed to remain in place. In 2010, the company recalled 70,000 MIS Tibial components due to loosening issues. In 2014, 40,000 Zimmer NexGen Knee Implants were recalled for similar reasons.
Patients who have received the defective knee implants are reporting premature device failure. Sometimes, such failure has been reported to have occurred within the first two months after surgery. Many of these reports are based on tibial baseplate loosening, which may result in serious pain along with potential bone loss, and muscle damage. In some cases, the loosening has led to dissociation where the bond between the bone and knee component has fallen apart completely. Defective knee replacement failure often requires painful and invasive revision surgery, and some of the damage caused by these defective knee implants may be irreversible.
Similar injuries are being reported by patients with Persona implants. Once the parts begin to fail, patients will get serious pain that could come from bone loss, muscle damage, or infection. All in all, when these products fail, it causes a lot of pain for the patient, rather than helping them like the product is intended to.
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GoldenbergLaw Can Help
GoldenbergLaw has over 30 years of experience in medical device litigation which has given us the knowledge to be the strongest advocate for our clients. We can use this knowledge to give you the best advice possible and get you the best results we can.
If you had to undergo a knee revision after implantation of a defective knee replacement system, please call a knee replacement lawsuit lawyer on our experienced team and get a free consultation. Leave the sleepless nights to us.