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Thursday, September 27, 2012

$9 Billion a year in knee replacements

Knee replacement surgeries have more than double the last two decades in the US as older Americans strive to become more active.  This has led to a startling spike in repairs to previously implanted artificial knee joints (revision) increase of over 106%. 

There has been over 318,563 patients who have had revision surgery since 1991.

Several prominent knee surgeons at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons presented data suggesting that the rate of failure for certain Zimmer NexGen replacement knee systems is “unacceptably high,” with many knee replacement patients experiencing loosening with the Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex Porous Femoral implant and requiring revision surgery within a few years.

This Zimmer NexGen knee has a “high-flex” porous femoral component that attaches to the bottom of the thighbone instead of using cement to keep the knee replacements in place. As a result of what some are considering a defective and unreasonably dangerous design, patients could have been exposed to an unnecessary risk of problems with Zimmer NexGen replacement knees.

The Zimmer NexGen knee lawyers at Buttafuoco & Associates are investigating potential product liability lawsuits for individuals who have experienced problems with this replacement knee product.  For more information call 1-800-669-4878.

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