On March 18, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled the highly popular Zimmer Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate Knee Implant. The FDA reported numerous complaints about the device, “including loosening and radiolucent lines” (large gaps between parts of the Zimmer replacement device itself or between its parts and a patient’s bone.) The Australian government has also recalled the device, citing the same reasons.
When a total knee replacement fails, victims often must have a second knee operation (revision surgery). They are forced to relive the pain and suffering they endured when they underwent their first knee replacement surgery. Unfortunately, given the failures cited in the FDA recall, this may be the case with many Zimmer knee replacement patients.
The Wayne Wright law firm, long noted for its successful representation of victims with defective medical devices is prepared to immediately intervene legally on behalf of patients with failing Zimmer knee implants. Anyone with a Zimmer knee replacement, who is feeling unexpected pain and knee instability, should call the firm for a free consultation.
Knee surgery (total knee arthroplasty) is a serious operation. Severe pain accompanies the procedure. It requires an in-hospital surgery, and a stay of at least several days, with the occasional stay in intensive care. Weeks of physical therapy are usually prescribed after the patient is released. While knee replacement surgeries can achieve remarkable results, second replacement surgeries are often not as successful and they raise the possibility of complications.
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), after a patient undergoes revision surgery - in which a failing knee replacement device is removed and a new device is inserted – pain relief “is not entirely achievable and neither is function.” The national medical association reports that “…some patients may still experience knee stiffness” after revision surgery along with continued pain.
A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC) found there were 719,000 total knee replacement surgeries in the United States in 2014. By 2030 the number of knee replacements is expected to increase “by 673 percent to 3.48 million procedures…” as more and more baby boomers reach their senior years.
If you have a failing Zimmer knee replacement, the Wayne Wright law firm will work to secure the compensation you deserve, methodically pursuing your legal rights as it focuses on your case.