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3 November 2023 | Comment | Article by Mark Harvey

Thousands of Patients Could be Affected by NexGen Knee Replacement Which Has Been Withdrawn From Use

Reports suggest that thousands of patients may have been affected by the NexGen knee component manufactured by Zimmer Biomet.

The implant, which is one of the most popular brands of implant in the United Kingdom, has been used widely in both NHS and private practice since 2003 and was recalled voluntarily by the manufacturer on 6 December 2022 due to concerns over the loosening of the implant when used in certain specific combinations with each other. The loosening has seen an increase in the rate for knee revision surgery at a much earlier time than it would usually be undertaken.

Knee replacements are typically expected to last for around 15 years before needing to be replaced. However, a recent report from the National Joint Registry found that the Zimmer Biomet NexGen knee replacement has had a much higher revision rate when compared to other available prosthesis on the market, with some components lasting no longer than five years.

The most common symptoms of a loose knee replacement include, but are not limited to:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty walking
  • Instability
  • Redness and warmth
  • Painful popping
  • Reduced range of motion

It is important that patients who believe that they have NexGen knee replacements consult their doctors or surgeons as not all components are part of the recall.

Hugh James is instructed to represent patients who have been recalled to their hospitals and clinics because their NexGen knee replacement has been recalled at the manufacturers request.

Hugh James have previously represented and continue to represent several hundred other patients who have had unsuccessful orthopaedic joints implanted.

If you believe that you have received a faulty NexGen knee implant and are now suffering from the impact of this, our product liability lawyers may be able to assist you in obtaining compensation. Please do not hesitate to get in contact with us for a free, no obligation chat to explore whether we can assist you.

If you have received the Nexgen knee implant, please contact our Joint replacement claims solicitors now.


Our Product Liability Lawyers

  • Assist some of the 700,000 or so people who are injured each year and wish to seek compensation for their losses. We can also assist those who have been injured and who could claim but feel unable to.
  • Investigate each potential claim thoroughly and offer early and ongoing assessments as to the prospects of success in your claim and the likely level of compensation and other remedies that you may be entitled to.
  • Help clients who have suffered relatively minor injuries and those who have had the misfortune to suffer catastrophic and life-changing injuries.
  • Work to the highest service standards so that we conclude your case as quickly as possible with the right remedy.
  • Work on Conditional Fee Agreements (“no win, no fee”) so that if we do not win your case, there is no bill for you to pay.
  • Have offices across the United Kingdom in Cardiff, London, Manchester, Plymouth and Southampton.

Our team has many years’ experience of bringing successful claims involving harmful products. Our expert advice has helped us to be ranked first as a representative of claimants in these types of cases by Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500, the independent guide to law firms. Compensation has been recovered for many victims of harmful products ranging from the ordinary household product to medical and pharmaceutical devices.

Most recently, the firm:

  • Has successfully represented claimants who received hip and spinal prostheses.
  • Recovered compensation for claimants were PEEK, a medical compound, was used in upper limb joint implants.

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Author bio

Mark Harvey


Mark Harvey is a Partner in the claimant division. He has obtained compensation for many individual victims of common but defective consumer products as well as victims of accidents overseas and arising out of travel generally.

Mark is the court appointed lead solicitor coordinating over 1,000 claimants in a group litigation order (GLO) arising out of the recall and health alert relating to the French manufacturer’s PIP silicone breast implants.

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