Zimmer Knee Replacement Lawsuits Say 10% Failure Rate Too High

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UPDATED: Jun 19, 2018

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Zimmer knee replacement lawsuits allege that the product’s failure rate is around an astounding 10% – not good news for the company. It is estimated that somewhere between 50,000 and 70,000 Zimmer NexGen Knee Systems were implanted in the United States alone, which translates to between 5,000 to 7,000 possible needed revisions.

Zimmer Replacements & The Berger Study

Last summer, the New York Times reported on two physicians, Dr. Berger and Dr. Della Valle, from Rush Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Berger was a former consultant of Zimmer who implanted a number of flex knees. However, he found an unacceptablely high rate of failure (nearly 10%) and the need for Zimmer replacements for the flex knees. If Berger’s estimates are accurate, and they do seem to be remarkably consistent with what is being seen in other joint data registries and other studies, then there could be thousands of Zimmer replacements needed in the future.

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Zimmer Knee Recovery Can Be Long, Risky & Depressing

Going through a Zimmer Knee recovery process can be long, risky and depressing – especially when it’s your second or third surgery and you simply want it to be over so that you can get back to your normal life.

There’s certainly no doubt that the recovery process can be long. In fact, even Zimmer itself recommends that the amount of flexion that you put on the knee for the first three months has to be somewhat limited. So, you’re looking at a bare minimum of a three-month recovery process.

Obviously, any kind of open surgery exposes people to infection and other serious risks. So the risks that people are undergoing and the recovery that they’re experiencing is really completely unnecessary if they have a defective knee that results in a revision.

The bottom line, according to Zimmer NexGen injury lawyers, is that going through a Zimmer Knee recovery absolutely affects patients physically. However, it also affects them from a mental standpoint. Forget about the day-to-day functions that you’re unable to perform. Immobility and just not being able to get around or being slower and getting around can be very, very depressing.

Zimmer Nex Gen Knee Lawsuits

If you have a Zimmer NexGen knee, whether it’s an MIS Tibia, a CR-Flex, an LPS-Flex or a Gender Solutions High-Flex, and you are in pain or experiencing loosening, you’ve had it revised or are scheduled for revision, then you certainly need to coordinate your medical treatment with your doctor. Get an x-ray and whatever testing is needed to find out whether your knee is failing.

You should know your legal rights and can find out more by contacting an experienced product liability lawyer who is already deeply involved with Zimmer NexGen Knee lawsuits. This lawyer will already be representing clients and is familiar with the literature and litigation landscape surrounding the topic. There’s no question that, at this point in time, you may have suffered an injury due to a product that’s compensable and with that comes a spectrum of legal needs that you need to make sure are attended to.

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