Zimmer NexGen Knee Failure
In September 2010, Zimmer Holdings announced a recall of a specific tibial component surgical instructions within the Zimmer NexGen Knee Replacement System. According to many orthopedic surgeons and consultants, the recall didn't go far enough, and should have included the entire knee replacement device.
Criticism of the Zimmer NexGen Knee Replacement System
Dr. Richard A. Berger, a prominent orthopedic surgeon who designed and installed numerous Zimmer surgical tools and prosthetic joints, notified Zimmer early on about high failure rates of its NexGen Knee Replacement System. He published a study demonstrating that the device was defective and urged the company to recall it, ending his long term and lucrative consulting relationship with Zimmer.
According to an article published in the New York Times, in July of 2010, Senator Charles E. Grassley requested that Zimmer Holdings disclose how they tracked the long-term performance of their devices. He also requested that they provide a list of safety concerns brought to their attention by medical professionals, and details about how the company responded.
Unfortunately, Zimmer's response has been to defend its products and instead blame the surgeons for improperly implanting the devices.
Symptoms of knee replacement failure may include:
- chronic knee pain
- swelling around the knee
- dislocation of the implant
Contact a Medical Device Recall Lawyer to find out if you have a valid claim
The medical device recall lawyers at Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff have been investigating claims against Zimmer regarding the NexGen Knee Replacement System, as well as the Zimmer Durom Hip Replacement. If you would like to speak with a lawyer regarding your knee or hip replacement, call us toll free at 888.285.3333 for a free and confidential case evaluation, or fill out the form found on this page and throughout our site.