Certain Zimmer NexGen knee implant models are reportedly failing at a high rate, as high as 9 percent after less than two years when the knee implants were supposed to last 15 to 20 years.
Since 2003, more than 150,000 Zimmer NexGen knee implants have been implanted, some of which now may require revision or another surgery.
A study conducted by two orthopedic surgeons has reported the findings that the NexGen high flex knee implants that are not cemented are failing while Zimmer Holdings, Inc. blames the doctors for their lack of technique.
This isn’t the first time a Zimmer medical device has failed. A few years ago Zimmer Durom Cup hip implant systems that were supposed to last 20 years were failing far too soon causing victims to experience pain and suffering, more complex operations, more medical expenses, more care giving, and more overall health risks.
Other countries are far more advanced in their approach to patient safety. Other countries have medical device registries or databases which monitor the success or failure rate of a medical device.
Why is the U.S. healthcare system so broken?
It remains to be seen what percent of the patients will ultimately need another knee implant sooner than expected, causing more surgical risks such as infection, blood clots, and anesthesia mistakes, more pain and suffering, more medical expenses, and more wear and tear on family relationships.
What problems are you suffering as a result of a Zimmer knee implant?