Zimmer Knee Replacement Lawyers Orlando
In the United States, total knee replacements have become a routine surgery for many baby boomers and some younger athletes injured in high-impact sports. Nearly 3/4 of a million patients receive this quality-of-life improving surgery each year. Since Zimmer first developed total knee replacement in 1968, the company has released many advanced surgical procedures using a wider variety of implantable medical devices designed to achieve improved flexion. Most patients are able to enjoy richer, more active lives free of chronic knee pain.
However, since 2010 many complaints have been reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) documenting post-surgical complications from use of Zimmer knee implants. That year, the FDA targeted Zimmer in three voluntary product recalls including the NexGen Complete Knee Solution MIS Tibial Components, NexGen TM Tibial Trays and MIS Modular Tibial Plates and the NexGen LPS-Flex Gender Femoral Component. Zimmer agreed to issue an Urgent Field Safety Notice/Urgent Device Correction letter in April of 2010. In 2012, problems with a different Zimmer knee device, the Natural-Knee II Durasul All-Poly Patella, prompted a FDA Class II Recall (#Z-0853-2012).
Although hundreds of thousands of successful total knee replacements are performed every year, failures involving personal damage and injury can occur anytime a manufacturer is rushed to release a new implantable medical device. Labeled as adverse events by the FDA, complications often result in the need for revision knee surgery for problems that include:
- Loose device components*
- Fractures of the leg bones
- Knee joint dislocations
- Misalignment of components
- Joint instability
- Nerve damage and chronic pain
*NOTE: Loosening, which occurs when components of an implant begin to separate from the bone, is one of the most common complications resulting from faulty knee implant devices.
If you have undergone knee replacement surgery but have not experienced problems with your Zimmer knee replacement, it does not mean your knee implant device will fail prematurely. Just continue your checkups and your physician can keep you well advised. If you are having complications with your knee implant but are not certain as to the implant product used in your knee replacement surgery, your physician can check your records for clarification. If you or a loved one have experienced problems with a Zimmer medical device, it is advisable to seek timely legal counsel to determine if negligence was involved with your personal injury or need for revision surgery.