Here at Egerton Law we are continually learning of new devices and drugs that are causing harm to individuals on a large scale. We research and evaluate claims against medical implant and drug manufacturers to help injured victims obtain the compensation they deserve.
The most recent recall that we are investigating was announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on March 12, 2015. The FDA reported a Class 2 Recall for the Zimmer Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate/Persona TM Tibia. The recall applies to all lots and sizes. Over 11,000 of the Persona tibia devices are on the market, and Zimmer describes its product in detail on its website.
X-ray of an example total knee replacement, side view. / Wikipedia
The Zimmer Persona knee replacement devices were distributed throughout 25 states, including right here in North Carolina.
For more information from the FDA about recalls, click here.
Zimmer initiated this voluntary recall due to increased reports of loosening after implantation. The FDA issues a Class 2 Recall when a device “may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences.” Loosening of the tibial plate of a knee replacement may cause a need for a revision surgery to replace the defective component.
Zimmer’s Persona knee replacement recall is just the latest in a number of highly publicized medical device recalls over the last several years. In fact, Zimmer issued voluntary recalls of its metal-on-metal hip device, the Durom Cup, in 2008, and of the NexGen Complete Knee Solution MIS Tibial Components in 2010. The NexGen Tibial Components were also recalled due to reports of loosening of the knee replacement device, which led to revision surgeries for many patients.
If you have continued or increased pain after knee replacement surgery, talk to your doctor about what is causing the pain. Doctors are often required to inform patients if a recall has been issued on a device the patient received – but recalls will not be issued until the manufacturer is aware of a widespread problem with a device.
The attorneys at Egerton Law can help you determine whether you have a legal claim for injuries caused by defective devices like the Zimmer knee replacement devices. If you have had complications after a knee replacement surgery, and your doctor has suggested a revision surgery may be necessary, call our office to speak with an experienced attorney.