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:
- Difficulty walking
- 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.