As knee implant attorneys, we are blogging on the Zimmer NexGen knee replacement component which was the subject of an FDA recall . This is the first in a series of posts providing information regarding some of the Zimmer knee implant component parts. We hope these posts will be helpful to any knee replacement patient.
Zimmer Knee Background
On September 13, 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration issued FDA Recall No. Z 2409 010 entitled “NexGen Complete Knee Solutions MIS Tibial Components, Locking Screw and Stem Extensions” recall notice. This recall notice can be found at the FDA website.
This latest Zimmer recall was one in a series of knee joint replacement hardware recalls issues by the FDA. Zimmer’s track record over the years had been very good. However, this potential component problem is concerning to the medical community.
Given the sheer volume of knee implant patients who have had joint replacement surgery, it is fair to ask whether risks associated with knee implant surgery outweigh the benefits. This is the first in a series of posts that will discuss the evolution of knee replacement surgery in an effort to answer this question. We hope that this discussion may have particular interest to all patients who have had knee implant surgery whether or not the surgery involved the recalled Zimmer knee implant component.
History of Knee Implant Surgery
Knee replacement surgery was pioneered back in 1954 by surgeon L. G. P. Shiers. Research shows that Dr. Shiers was a true patient advocate and actually refused to patent his knee replacement technology. In doing so, Dr. Shiers gave up what could have been millions of dollars in royalties from the future sales of knee replacement technology. Instead, he traveled the world, teaching knee replacement surgery to other orthopaedic surgeons and medical students so they could pass on the benefits of knee joint replacement surgery to any patient who needed a knee replacement.
Knee replacement surgery, following the success and failures of hip replacement surgery, became more commonplace in the 1960s and the 1970s. It was billed as safe, effective, and an enormous benefit to any patient with osteoarthritis. Since that time, as with hip replacement surgery, knee replacement joint technology is constantly changing and modifying in an effort to improve patient outcomes in knee replacement patients.
Throughout the years, there have been many knee replacement part manufacturers (Zimmer, Stryker, DePuy, etc). These joint replacement manufacturers and others constantly compete to try and develop the “latest and greatest” knee implant components and techniques. The one constant challenge to all of these knee replacement manufacturers has been to limit the inevitable problems of implant loosening, wear and tear of the implant parts, and loss of the natural range of motion. As with all joint replacements, there still is not any suitable replacement for the body’s own anatomical structures.
Since the innovation of knee replacement surgery, there have been hundreds of thousands of patients who have undergone knee replacement surgery involving different techniques and various artificial knee components. Unfortunately, with each new “innovative” technology, there always is the potential for possible hardware failure problems, which could cause the patient to develop a new set of symptoms that conveniently replace the old ones. As a result, many patients who have undergone knee replacement surgery and have been subjected to these problems are left to wonder whether the surgery was worth it.
Knee Implant Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If you have recently undergone a knee replacement surgery and your recovery process is taking far longer than expected, you may want to find out if there is a problem with your knee replacement. Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
For more information regarding the knee replacement concerns, visit the Mininno Law Office site dedicated solely to Zimmer knees.