Zimmer Persona Knee Lawsuit

Many people who received knee replacement devices are now eligible to file a Zimmer Persona Knee lawsuit based on the pain and suffering they experienced because of the product. Anyone who dealt with painful and debilitating complications after their Zimmer knee replacement procedure is entitled to take legal action.

Though many devices have caused pain and complications for patients, the Zimmer Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate components are especially notable and have caused a great deal of anguish for knee replacement recipients. Zimmer issued a recall of these components in the spring of 2015, much too late for many to avoid complications. The recall was issued based on the unusually high number of patients experiencing chronic pain, loosening of their device, and early device failure that required revision surgery to remove or replace the device.

The Class II recall by the US Food and Drug Administration was issued within three years of the Zimmer Persona Knee system and its components reaching market. The recall included nearly 11,700 Persona Tibial {lates in all sizes and lots which had been sold to hospitals world-wide from November 29, 2012 through January 23, 2015. Surgeons were warned to no longer use the devices.

According to the recall announcement, Zimmer received approximately six complaints per 1000 implanted devices, more than a third of which included symptomatic problems, radiolucent lines, or a need for revision surgery due to loosening of the device. Radiolucent lines indicate gaps in the device’s components and/or the component and the patient’s bones, and appear as dark lines on x-rays.

High Failure Rate for Zimmer Persona Knee Replacement Devices

Total knee replacements are expected to last from 15 to 20 years, but the Zimmer devices were failing within just a few years. Many patients have filed a Zimmer Persona knee lawsuit after their devices:

  • Caused chronic pain
  • Limited mobility
  • Loosened
  • Required revision surgery to repair
  • Caused the appearance of radiolucent lines, indicating gaps between the device components and the patient’s bone
  • Prematurely failed

The Zimmer Persona device was intended to mimic better than any device on the market at the time the natural movement of the human knee. The goal was to provide younger, more active people an option when they needed knee replacement. The product was marketed as long-lasting, but was recalled within three years of its approval in 2012.

The Persona device was approved through the FDA’s 510(k) process that allows products to reach the market with limited to no testing, as long as the device is similar to something already approved and on the market. Approval of a device in this manner saves manufacturers a great deal of money and does not require clinical testing on humans. Because of this and because the Persona device is relatively new there is no long-term data regarding the device.

The recall for the Zimmer Persona knee replacement system was issued when it was discovered the device could cause temporary or reversible complications by loosening and requiring revision surgery to fix or replace. When failure of the device is not caught soon enough, serious complications, including death, can occur.

Filing a Zimmer Persona Knee Lawsuit Could be Your Best Option

Despite the recall, Zimmer is still responsible for the damages its Persona Knee implant has caused and anyone who suffered pain or required follow-up procedures is entitled to take legal action against the company. The company has manufactured a number of products that have been the subject of recalls and lawsuits, many of which have yet to be settled.

Some patients have been contacted directly by the company about their implants in an effort to gather medical information that can be used against a plaintiff later during legal proceedings. If you are contacted by Zimmer or a representative of the company, you are encouraged not to share any information and to direct the company to your attorney if you are working with one. Speaking to the company could result in the forfeiture of your right to take legal action.

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