Knee joint replacement surgery is a patient’s last resort. Individuals who suffer severe pain and limited mobility because of knee osteoarthritis often try other conservative treatments prior to surgery. Weight loss, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, nutritional supplements, exercise programs, steroid injections and analgesic ointments are some of the measures that can bring temporary relief to patients with knee pain. When these remedies fail, they undergo knee replacement surgery to replace the damaged joint with an artificial joint.
Problems with Zimmer artificial knee joint implants have resulted in product recalls and revision surgeries to correct problems caused by these defective products. The problematic appliances include the Zimmer NexGen LPS-Flex and CR-Flex as well as the NexGen LPS-Flex GSF Femoral Component. These Zimmer products tend to loosen and collapse inside the body. The Food and Drug Association issued a recall for the GSF Femoral Component because its parts fit together improperly after it was implanted, requiring patients to undergo revision surgeries.
The FDA also recalled the Zimmer Natural-Knee II Durasul All-Poly Patella because of problems with the implant fracturing after surgery. More than 100,000 of these defective artificial joints have already been implanted in unsuspecting individuals.
The experienced lawyers at Torklaw understand the the physical pain and emotional turmoil caused by defective medical devices. If you or someone in your family has had knee replacement surgery, let Torklaw explain your rights and assess your claim. Contact us today for a no-obligation, no-cost meeting.