If you were forced to undergo a second knee joint replacement surgery due to a failed device, you could be one of the thousands of people who have experienced pain and suffering from the Zimmer Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate implant. This metal knee replacement device was voluntarily recalled earlier this year after reports that the devices can fail soon after implantation and cause serious complications for the patients.
Zimmer Inc., the largest knee implant maker in the world, issued a recall on February 16, 2015 for all lots and sizes of its Persona Knee implants. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its own Class II Recall on March 12 to locate and pull all existing devices from distribution.
Over 11,650 of the Zimmer knee replacement devices have been recalled, many of which have been implanted into patients with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis to correct severe knee pain and disability. Patients who have received the Persona Knee implant should beware of the following adverse effects:
- Loosening. One of the biggest problems with the Zimmer Persona device is the loosening of the tibial component. As the implant pulls away from the bone, it can cause severe pain, swelling, and bone damage as the metal component rubs against the tibia. As the metal plate shifts, it can also impinge on the ligaments, muscles, and other tissues, severely limiting a patient’s mobility.
- Joint damage. Doctors may discover radiolucent lines on a patient’s imaging tests, indicating gaps that have formed between the device and bone. This is an early sign of implant failure, as over time, joint fluid, metal debris, and other detritus can become lodged in the gaps, causing bone damage (osteolysis).
- Revision surgery. Surgical correction may be necessary if the component has become loose, or if the patient is suffering extreme pain. A patient may only need surgery to replace the loose tibial component, while others will opt to replace the entire device with a new implant model.
Zimmer Has Paid for Revision Surgeries Due to Device Failure in the Past
Zimmer has been forced to recall its knee devices before, and has set aside a considerable sum to reimburse patients for undergoing additional surgeries. In 2010, Zimmer recalled nearly 70,000 of its MIS Tibial components due to early loosening issues, and recalled 40,000 NexGen Knee models due to defective screws in 2014. Over 1,000 federal lawsuits are currently pending for compensation from Zimmer due to early device failure, with the first trials scheduled to begin later this year.
If you or someone you love is experiencing pain or other complications due to a defective Zimmer knee implant, you may be able to recover the costs of your hospital bills and future replacement surgery. Call Wayne Wright LLP at 800-237-3334 today to find out if you are eligible to join the recall lawsuit.