Our firm is currently accepting product liability cases in all 50 states on behalf of individuals affected by the Zimmer Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate/Persona TM Tibia Recall. The knee implant component was recalled in March 2015 due to increased reports of loosening. Over 11,000 devices in 25 states were affected.
The largest knee implant maker in the world recently recalled thousands of its Persona Knee implants, leading the Food and Drug Administration to issue a warning that the implants can loosen early and cause complications.
The FDA on March 12 issued a notice for a Class II Recall for all lots and sizes of the Zimmer Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate knee implant. According to the agency, 11,658 devices are affected by the recall.
“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,” the FDA announced.
The FDA issues a Class II Recall when a product can cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences, but the problems associated with the Zimmer Knee can still cause multiple complications.
Radiolucent lines – large gaps in between knee replacement components or between the components and the bone – can cause a number of problems. Joint fluid, tissue and implant-wear debris may lodge in the cracks, leading to bone damage called osteolysis, which is an early indicator of implant failure. Loose implants can cause severe pain, swelling and tissue and bone damage.
Radiolucent lines also signal to a surgeon that the patient may need revision surgery to correct the problem and typically must replace the implant. Zimmer sent urgent recall notices to all hospitals, doctors and surgeons on February 16. According to the FDA announcement, “all affected product are to be located and quarantined immediately. The Inventory Return Certification Form should be completed and returned along with the recalled product.”
Contact our attorneys today if you or a loved one experienced any of the following problems:
- Knee pain
- Loosening of the knee replacement
- Poor fixation
- Knee replacement failure
- Decreased mobility
- Revision surgery
Houssiere, Durant & Houssiere, LLP is currently accepting Zimmer Persona injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by a defective knee replacement, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please contact our office (713) 626-3700 or call us toll-free at (888) 881-8100.