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Knee and Hip Implant Problems are in the Iowa News

Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death

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12/19/2012
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Knee and hip revision surgeryWe created a section on hip and knee implants and prosthetics because we’ve started getting questions about the class action status of the claims they are generating. We will assist with these by representing Iowa people who have good claims. I suspect with Iowa farmers being older, living the good life, working hard and being a part of the most dangerous profession in the United States, they will be a part of the clients we welcome into our practice. So let's see what’s going on with these implants or knee and hip replacements?

Well, they aren’t working right; they aren’t lasting as long as appears to have been promised and having the revisions done costs the factory workers, aging farmers and all other patients a large deductible and co-insurance payment. The entire cost of surgery isn’t being covered and here is the second surgery and perhaps a third in the futures. There's a risk with the additional general anesthetic and everyone gets worried when they have to undergo a general anesthetic.

Take a look at our hip implant practice area on the Lombardi Law Firm, the Iowa Injury Law Center website. Right now it’s set up for hips but we are expanding into knees as well. If you have questions like this guy does below, write to me and I’ll try to get you an answer. As always answering a question isn’t representation; if you want my services as a lawyer you’ll have to hire me with either a contingent fee or hourly agreement for authority to represent. Enough of the management stuff, let’s get to today’s question.

Question: I have a Zimmer Legacy next gen sol and need a revision can I file a suit against the company even if I tried to talk to them?
Question Detail: I had surgery in mid December 2012 and had contacted the company once I was told I need a revision done they denied me any help could I still get a attorney to help me I have a nexgen legacy LPS Zimmer and I am in sooo much pain and suffering.

Answer: Some Zimmer NexGen knee replacement systems have been linked to a high number of problems, including reports of pain, loosening of the implant and failure of the replacement knee leading to revision surgery. And yes you can hire a lawyer and yes we can help you. You'll need to set up an appointment. Contact us at 515-222-1110 or [email protected] 

OVERVIEW: Several different components used as part of Zimmer NexGen knee replacement systems have been associated with a potential increased risk of problems, which may result in pain, limited range of motion, loosening of components or the need for additional revision surgery.

In March 2010, data was presented by a group of knee surgeons that indicates nearly 9% of patients who received the Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex Porous Femoral component required revision knee surgery within two years and 36% showed signs of the replacement knee loosening.

In September 2010, recalls were issued for several components due to apparent manufacturing defects or design defects. A Zimmer NexGen MIS recall was issued for more than 68,000 knee components following at least 114 reports of problems that caused some individuals to experiencing loosening of the parts or the need for additional knee surgery. In addition, a Zimmer NexGen LPS recall was issued due to non-confirming and inconsistent geometry.

REPORTS OF LOOSENING AND REVISION: At a conference of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in March 2010, several prominent knee surgeons presented data on the outcomes of 108 knee replacement patients who received the Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex Porous Femoral component at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

After only two years, the researchers reported:

  • 9 patients required knee revision surgery due to loosening and pain
  • 39 patients showed evidence of radiographic loosening

It is suspected that the higher-than-expected failure rate is linked to design problems with Zimmer NexGen replacement knees, as the orthopedic surgeons concluded that they were not caused by surgical errors, problems with the techinque or the type of patient who received the knee implant.

More than 150,000 Zimmer NexGen CR and Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex Porous Femoral implants have been sold since 2003, and some doctors have reported experiencing a substantially higher-than-expected failure of the replacement knee within a few years of surgery.

The Zimmer replacement knee is a “high-flex” component, which attaches to the bottom of the thigh bone. In most knee replacement systems, a type of surgical cement is used to hold the implant in place. However, the Zimmer NextGen knee does not use a cement and this may be a design defect which increases the risk of a knee replacement loosening and needing additional surgery to revise the implant.



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