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It is important to remember that almost 500,000 Americans have had implanted in them Zimmer knee implants. The Zimmer implant which has experienced a high failure rate has been the Nexgen CR-Flex Porous Femoral Component. Common problems include loosening of the implant, failure of the replacement knee and similar problems. This knee was approved by the FDA in 1994. The particular model which is of concern of the Nexgen knee family is the Nexgen CR-Flex Porous Femoral Component. It is this model knee system which has been connected to loosening, failure, pain, etc.

The latest reports we have concerning this knee system’s failure rate was published by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in March 2010. This study indicated a failure rate of 8.3% and 36% of all patients had evidence of loosening. Unfortunately, the loosening is not related to the surgeon or the actual surgery.

The Nexgen CR-Flex system has a high-flex porous femoral component which attaches to the bottom of the thigh bone. Other knee replacements use cement to keep the knee replacement in place. It may be that this design is incorrect and is responsible for the high number of side effects.

We tell all of our inquiries that if they are having pain from their knee replacement that they should request a bone scan. This is a better test than an X-ray because it will identify whether or not the Zimmer Nexgen knee system is loose.

In December 2010 certain components of the Zimmer Nexgen LTS Flex Gender knee system were recalled.

If you or a loved one has suffered a side effect from a Zimmer Nexgen total knee replacement please call one of our intake specialists at 1-800-718-4658 or complete the free confidential case review on the right. A knowledgeable person will be in touch with you within 24 hours and there is no obligation. Remember, there is absolutely no cost to you to submit a free case inquiry. You are under no obligation and there is no attorney-client relationship established by sending the email.

» What Issues Are Being Reported With NexGen Hi-Flex Knees?

Knee replacement devices are typically designed to last approximately 15 years. With the Zimmer NexGen knees, patients are experiencing premature failure at an alarming rate. This failure is reportedly causing:

  • Loosening of the attachment between the bone and the artificial device
  • Stiffness, pain and infection
  • Bone fractures near the artificial joint
  • Instability and dislocation of the artificial joint
  • Excessive wear on plastic parts
  • Breakdown of the metal components
  • The need for additional revision surgery

If you or a loved one has experienced any of these symptoms after being implanted with a NexGen knee, you need to speak with a qualified personal injury lawyer regarding your case. You may be eligible to file an individual or class-action lawsuit against Zimmer Holdings Inc. to seek damages for your pain and suffering, lost wages and medical costs.

The experienced injury attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen are currently offering no-cost, no-obligation case evaluations to concerned knee implant recipients in all 50 states. We are committed to helping injured patients and their families get the maximum amount of compensation they deserve. Remember, your time to file a claim is limited, so it's important that you contact us as soon as possible to find out how we can help.

» Were the Zimmer NexGen knees the subject of an FDA recall?

Zimmer knees have previously been the subject of limited recalls. The most significant recalls involve the MIS tibial component and components used in the LPS-Flex knees. The recall did NOT affect the CR-Flex knees.

NexGen MIS Tibial Component Recall

In September 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordered a Class II recall of the NexGen MIS Tibial Components. According to the FDA, a Class II recall is necessary when "the use of or exposure to a violative product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote." In simple terms, a Class II recall indicates that the product has the potential to cause moderate complications but that there is no potential for severe side effects or death.

The recall involved the NexGen TM Tibial Trays, MIS Tibial Components and MIS Modular Tibial Plates and Keels. Approximately 68,000 components were recalled in both the U.S. and in several countries worldwide.

The primary problem associated with the recalled components seems to be their inability to fuse to the bone. This inability to fuse contributed to loosening, pain and other complications. The FDA reportedly received 114 complaints in connection with the recalled tibial components and in all 114 cases, the patient required additional surgery to correct the problems.

NexGen LPS-Flex Femoral Head Component Recall

In December 2010, the FDA issued another Class II recall involving certain components of the LPS-Flex knee implants. The recall included 158 flex gender femoral components and 192 femoral components. The devices were recalled because of a nonconforming internal CAM radius.

Problems associated with a failing LPS-Flex knee include:

  • Premature failure
  • Unexplained pain or discomfort after knee replacement
  • Feeling of looseness
  • Limited mobility

If you required additional surgery to correct problems associated with a failing LPS-flex knee or if you were affected by the MIS tibial component, you need the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Nadrich & Cohen, LLP is investigating claims from the knee implant recipients in all 50 states and we urge you to contact us today to find out how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

» What should I do if my Zimmer NexGen knee has failed?

If you believe your Zimmer NexGen knee replacement device has failed, your first priority should be contacting a physician to determine your best course of treatment. Your next step should be to consult a qualified personal injury attorney to protect your legal rights.

The law firm of Nadrich & Cohen is currently investigating claims in all 50 states from patients who have experienced adverse side effects after receiving a NexGen knee implant. In some cases, patients have required painful surgery to correct the injuries caused by the defective medical devices.

To determine if your Zimmer knee replacement device has failed, consider whether you've experienced any of these symptoms:

  • Loosening or a feeling of instability
  • Swelling and tenderness
  • Sensation of heat or warmth
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Difficulty walking
  • Feeling of weakness
  • Need for additional surgery

If you or someone you love has reported any of these side effects after receiving a NexGen knee replacement, you need to speak with a qualified personal injury lawyer regarding your rights. At the law offices of Nadrich & Cohen, we specialize in helping individuals injured by a defective medical device to prove their injury claim.

As an advocate for those who have suffered serious side effects after receiving a Zimmer NexGen knee implant, we strive to achieve the maximum recovery possible on your behalf. We are committed to ensuring that you receive the compensation you're entitled to for your pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages.

If you've undergone knee replacement surgery but have yet to experience complications, we recommend that you contact our office to allow for future monitoring of your condition. Contact the experienced professionals at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP today to get the expert legal representation you need and the compensation you deserve.

Our firm is representing all Zimmer Nexgen CR Flex; LPS Flex and certain MIS tibial tray cases. Zimmer Holdings Inc. is the manufacturer of the NexGen line of knee replacement components. In 2003, Zimmer successfully obtained FDA approval for its new line of high-flexion knees, which were designed to provide recipients with more flexibility and increased range of motion. These implants have proven to be extremely popular, with an estimated 150,000 patients receiving one of these devices.

In 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began receiving a number of adverse event reports concerning the NexGen knees. The reports involved a number of high-flex products, including the CR-Flex knee replacement, the LPS-Flex knees and the MIS tibial components. A 2010 study found that patients who received a NexGen knee were experiencing a failure rate of around 9 percent.

Now, Zimmer faces a growing number of lawsuits from patients who say they were seriously injured by a NexGen knee replacement device.


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