By Marilyn McGoldrick, Esq.

Published on April 3, 2015

The Zimmer Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Knee Implant is being voluntarily recalled after an unexpectedly high complaint rate of 61% for all the procedures in which it was used. The recall was announced by the FDA in March in response to complaints of loosening of the implant, as well as asymptomatic radiolucent lines in x-rays, representing space between the implant and the bone.  The recall affects 11,658 patients who received the Zimmer Persona implant. If you or a loved one received a Zimmer Persona implant, contact Thornton Law Firm today for a confidential evaluation of your legal rights.

Zimmer issued Urgent Medical Device Recall letters to affected distributors, hospitals, and surgeons, recalling all of the Persona Knee Implants. The FDA classifies the recall as Class 2, meaning that the defect “may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences.” These health consequences can be severe. A loosened knee implant may require the patient undergo costly and painful revision surgery. Loosening and radiolucent lines can also cause many other problems. Tissue, joint fluid, and debris from the failing implant can lodge in the spaces between the gaps between the implant and the bone. This can cause swelling, severe pain, tissue damage, and bone damage.

One of the largest medical device manufacturers in the world, Zimmer, Inc. advertised the Persona Knee Implant as “the Personalized Knee System”. It was on the market for 3 years and distributed in 25 states, as well as worldwide. The recall covers all sizes and lots of the Persona Knee Implant.

If you have a Zimmer Persona Knee Implant and have experienced complications including pain, swelling, loosening, disability, or have undergone revision surgery, you may have a legal claim against Zimmer, Inc. Thornton Law Firm’s medical device lawyers specialize in helping patients who have suffered complications after receiving defective devices. Please contact us at 888-341-1405 or tell us your story here. All consultations are free and confidential.