While a Zimmer knee implant recall has not yet been issued, the NexGen CR-Flex has been associated with a higher-than-expected failure rate, according to new research. Knee replacements are intended to last approximately 15 years, but the Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex can reportedly fail within three years.
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Several prominent knee surgeons have requested a Zimmer knee implant recall of the NexGen CR-Flex due to its early failure rate. At a 2010 conference of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a pair of knee surgeons presented new evidence which indicated that the Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex knee replacement failure rate could be as high as 9%, and suggested that the number of Zimmer knee implant complications that required revision surgery could be even higher. The same study found that 36% of Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex knee replacements became loose within two years of implantation.
The study’s researchers, who were from the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, examined nearly 110 patients who received the Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex knee replacements. They discovered that nine patients needed a second corrective surgery due to knee pain and implant loosening, and that nearly 40 recipients showed signs of loose Zimmer knee implants which were unrelated to patient type, procedural approaches or specific surgeons.
Unlike most artificial knee implants, the Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex is attached to the thigh bone without the use of cement. Regrettably, this may cause the knee replacement system to loosen overtime or detach completely. A loose knee implant can cause pain, erode the bone, and severely restrict the patient’s daily activities.
Signs of a loose Zimmer knee implant may include:
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It is believed that Zimmer knee implant failure of the CR-Flex systems is associated with design problems, though the manufacturer has placed the blame on orthopedic surgeons. A doctor who authored a study on the knee replacements has called the failure rate of the Zimmer CR-Flex knee implant “horrific” and three surgeons have recommended against the use of certain Zimmer knee replacements due to “unacceptably high” rates of implant failure and loosening.
Due to the complications of this knee implant system and the possibility of a Zimmer knee replacement recall, patients who have been injured as a result of the allegedly defective knee replacement may be entitled to financial compensation. If you or a loved one has experienced unexplained knee pain, required a revision surgery, or otherwise experienced Zimmer knee implant complications, fill out our free case review form. Our Zimmer knee injury lawyers are offering this online case review at no cost and remain dedicated to defending the rights of patients who were injured due to defective medical devices.