Zimmer, the largest knee implant manufacturer in the world, has issued a recall of 11,658 Persona® Trabecular MetalTM Tibial Plate knee implants, causing the F.D.A. to issue a warning that their implants can loosen early and cause complications. Provost Umphrey Law Firm, L.L.P. is accepting claims on behalf of individuals affected by the Zimmer recall.
Zimmer FDA Advisory
On March 12, 2015, the F.D.A. announced that a component of Zimmer’s Persona® knee implant, the Persona® Trabecular MetalTM Tibial Plate, was voluntarily recalled due to growing complaints of radiolucent lines and loosening. The FDA issued an advisory, “Zimmer Inc. is initiating a voluntary recall of Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial following an increase in complaints of radiolucent lines and loosening. All sizes and lots of the affected devices are being removed from distribution.”
Zimmer’s Persona® Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate is a part of the Persona Knee system and is designed to be used without cement and provide proper fixation to the bone. It can also be used with a wide variety of components. Surgeons may also use the implant in a number of surgical styles. According to the manufacturer, its design is very much like a natural knee.
Increased Number Of Complaints
The company reported it received an increased number of complaints about component loosening and radiolucent lines. Radiolucent lines are gaps in between the component and the bone or between components. Typically, this happens when a knee implant part is not secured correctly. These gaps can fill with joint fluid, tissue or debris from implant wear, causing osteolysis bone damage and lead to loosening and implant failure.
Patients who experience any of the following complications following knee replacement surgery are advised to consult their doctor and then contact a qualified lawyer to receive more information about filing a lawsuit against the manufacturer of these devices:
- • Difficulty Walking or Standing
- • A loose feeling in the knee
- • Persistent knee pain or swelling
- • Need for revision surgery
- • Popping, crunching or clicking noises in the knee
The FDA issues a Class 2 Recall when a product can “
cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences.” However, problems associated with this Zimmer knee implant can cause serious complications.
If you or family member is affected by this recent Zimmer recall, contact Provost Umphrey for a free consultation. Founded in 1969, The Provost Umphrey Law Firm, LLP is proud to have earned an unparalleled reputation for excellence with a legacy of victorious results as in areas of Pharmaceutical Litigation, On-the-Job Injuries, Motor Vehicle Injuries, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, Chemical Exposure, Mass Tort Litigation and Toxic Tort Law, Hurricane Insurance Claims and more.
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