In March 2015, the Food and Drug Administration announced that Zimmer was recalling components of the Persona knee implant. According to the company, the Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate is loosening at a more frequent rate than expected. The plate is the portion of the implant that sits directly between the two bones that make the knee joint.
Zimmer Recalls Knee Implant Part After Complaints
Zimmer sent recall notices to medical facilities across the U.S. to announce the recall. According to the company, when the plate loosens, it can cause pain and potentially require surgery to repair. In total, the company recalled more than 11,500 of the components.
If you have been harmed, you have a right to seek justice for what has happened. When implants do not function as they should, the complications can be extremely painful. Families are put through hardship.
At Childers, Schlueter & Smith, our attorneys have extensive experience representing the victims of faulty medical devices, particularly joint replacements. We have represented people across the nation and have been appointed by judges to serve in leadership roles in moving medical device litigation forward on behalf of thousands of people.
You can speak with our attorneys by calling (404) 419-9500 or by filling out the form on this page. There is never any cost or obligation for a case evaluation.
Persona Knee Replacement: ‘An Increase in Complaints’
Introduced in November 2012, the Persona knee replacement was distributed in 25 U.S. states more than a dozen foreign countries.
In the recall notice, the FDA said there had been an increase in the number of complaints of radiolucent lines and loosening from people implanted with the Persona knee system. It is a Class 2 recall, which is issued when a product “may cause temporarily or medically reversible consequences.”
The recall applies to all versions and sizes of the Persona implant.
Was the Persona Implant Properly Tested?
Zimmer is one of the largest manufacturers of knee replacement in the world, making 25% of all knee implants that are sold. These implants represented a large chunk of the $4.69 billion in revenue the company posted in 2013.
The Persona implant was approved by the FDA through what is known as 501(k), a provision that has been heavily criticized in recent years as we learn of more and more defective medical devices. This rule allows a product to be “fast-tracked” through the approval process if it is similar enough to a product already approved.
That is not sufficient.
Like all manufacturers, Zimmer is responsible for the products it sells. Just like pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices should be rigorously tested before entering the market. If there are concerns or dangers, patients need to be fully aware of them before they opt to have the product implanted in their bodies.
If you received a Persona knee implant and have suffered painful complications, it may be because of the recalled component. An attorney may be able to help your family.
What a Medical Device Attorney Can Do For You
The recall was the right thing for Zimmer to do, but for those already implanted with a Persona knee replacement, it came too late. A joint replacement isn’t a product you can simply take back to the store.
Medical complications can carry steep expenses and cause hardship for your entire family. This is something you don’t deserve. This implant was supposed to improve your quality of life – not worsen it.
The knee implant attorneys at Childers, Schlueter & Smith are looking to help people across the nation who have been harmed by a Zimmer Persona hip replacement. We can seek compensation to help your family cover the costs of:
- Hospital visits
- Revision surgery
- Physical therapy/rehabilitation
- Income you lost because you were unable to work
- Pain and suffering