Zimmer Knee Problems: Different Devices, Different Problems
Zimmer knee problems have been detected in several orthopedic components manufactured by Zimmer Inc., one of the largest medical device manufacturers in the world. With so many Zimmer knee replacement products on the market, the following offers a brief summary of the devices spotlighted in recent media coverage and lawsuit filings.
Zimmer Porous Femoral NexGen CR-Flex
A cementless, high-flex knee component available in the US since 2005, this component was implicated in serious Zimmer knee problems during the 2010 annual conference of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).
While there has never been a Zimmer knee recall in connection with the Porous Femoral NexGen CR-Flex, several surgeons have announced the component should no be used.
Zimmer NexGen CR
This model is similar to the CR-Flex, but offers a more restricted range of motion. Both the NexGen CR and the CR-Flex models was named in a lawsuit filed earlier this year in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
NexGen TM Tibial Trays and NexGen MIS Tibial Components
Various NexGen components were involved in a Zimmer knee recall that took place in September 2010 due to packaging with incomplete or inadequate surgical instructions.
The class 2 Zimmer knee recall, which also involved MIS Modular Tibial Plates and Keels, affected more than 68,000 Zimmer knee components shipped across the globe. It is unclear how many of those components were at the time implanted in patients.
Zimmer Knee Litigation
Today, Zimmer knee lawyers are evaluating cases for knee replacement recipients who have experienced problems with these models. As more cases are filed, speculation surrounding the likelihood of a future Zimmer knee recall increases as well. The rise in case filings also begs the question whether Zimmer knee litigation will ever be consolidated into multidistrict litigation, a process similar to class action.
Patients who have experienced Zimmer knee problems could be eligible to win considerable punitive and compensatory damages.