Knee Replacement Devices

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Exactech Knee Replacement Device Failure Lawsuits

Knee replacement devices should always greatly benefit the lives of patients through increased mobility and diminished pain. However, such devices can cause tremendous problems when they fail. Premature device failure can cause severe pain, bone density loss, muscle damage, and other serious health complications.

GoldenbergLaw, PLLC is currently handling cases involving failures of multiple knee replacement devices, including the Exactech Knee and Ankle Implant and Zimmer Persona systems. GoldenbergLaw, PLLC’s expert team of attorneys has over 30 years of experience in medical device litigation. Trust our team to help you sleep better.

Please call (800) 504-0281 right now if you need help with a potential Exactech lawsuit.

Exactech Knee & Ankle Replacement Recall

GoldenbergLaw is investigating cases involving Exactech knee and ankle device failure. Contact us today for potential referral opportunities. Many people have recently required knee and ankle revision surgeries due to the failure of Exactech's arthroplasty polyethylene inserts, which coincides with a recent Exactech recall.

Exactech recently recalled the inserts after discovering the product packaging exposed the inserts to high levels of oxygen. This oxidation weakens the insert before implantation, which leads to early wear, fracture, and ultimately revision surgery. The inserts are placed between the metal components in knee and ankle replacement devices, so the most harm will happen to these body parts upon part failure.

Injuries Associates with Exactech Knee & Ankle Devices

People who suffered an Exactech knee or ankle device failure have reported:

  • Revision Surgery
  • Bone Loss
  • Loosening
  • Swelling
  • Instability
  • Pain

Knee and ankle replacements are no small matter, as most people who undergo such procedures have hopes that implantation of a joint replacement will transform their life from one of pain and limited mobility to one in which they are free to move about pain-free. It is heartbreaking when these products fail and cause additional pain and surgical intervention. In addition to physical pain and health risks, the situation can cause a patient to suffer emotionally and mentally, and they may fall into depression. That’s not right, and GoldenbergLaw wants to help.

Details of Zimmer Persona Issues

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 the quality of life as advertised. Zimmer has recalled nearly 12,000 of its Persona Knee Replacement Systems due to issues with the device’s Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate, though. 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 the growth of these gaps may allow for the resultant space to fill with tissue or fluid and cause the implant itself to fail.

Zimmer’s history of product defects does not begin here, though:

  • 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.

More About Reported Injuries & Complications

Patients who have received 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. 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 suffer sharp, constant pain that could come from bone loss, muscle damage, or infection.

Who is Liable?

The main defendant in these claims is Zimmer, Inc. for the unsafe and ineffective design of its Zimmer Persona devices. Other device manufacturers could also be defendants in other cases if similar failures occur. However, the focus of most cases is placed on Zimmer. Make sure you have a legal team capable of fighting a strong corporation before you file your claim.

GoldenbergLaw, PLLC Can Help

GoldenbergLaw, PLLC 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.

Free Consultations. If you had to undergo a knee revision after implantation of a defective knee replacement system, please call a lawyer on our experienced team at (800) 504-0281 and get a free consultation. Leave the sleepless nights to us.

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