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Some Zimmer NexGen knee replacement systems have been linked to a high number of problems, including reports of pain, loosening of the implant and failure of the replacement knee leading to revision surgery.

ZIMMER KNEE REPLACEMENT LAWSUIT STATUS: Potential claims are being reviewed by Zimmer NexGen knee lawyers for individuals who have experienced problems after a Zimmer knee replacement.

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OVERVIEW: Several different components used as part of Zimmer NexGen knee replacement systems have been associated with a potential increased risk of problems, which may result in pain, limited range of motion, loosening of components or the need for additional revision surgery.

In March 2010, data was presented by a group of knee surgeons that indicates nearly 9% of patients who received the Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex Porous Femoral component required revision knee surgery within two years and 36% showed signs of the replacement knee loosening.

In September 2010, recalls were issued for several components due to apparent manufacturing defects or design defects. A Zimmer NexGen MIS recall was issued for more than 68,000 knee components following at least 114 reports of problems that caused some individuals to experiencing loosening of the parts or the need for additional knee surgery. In addition, a Zimmer NexGen LPS recall was issued due to nonconfirming and inconsistent geometry.

REPORTS OF LOOSENING AND REVISION: At a conference of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in March 2010, several prominent knee surgeons presented data on the outcomes of 108 knee replacement patients who received the Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex Porous Femoral component at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

After only two years, the researchers reported:

  • 9 patients required knee revision surgery due to loosening and pain
  • 39 patients showed evidence of radiographic loosening

It is suspected that the higher-than-expected failure rate is linked to design problems with Zimmer NexGen replacement knees, as the orthopedic surgeons concluded that they were not caused by surgical errors, problems with the techinque or the type of patient who received the knee implant.

More than 150,000 Zimmer NexGen CR and Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex Porous Femoral implants have been sold since 2003, and some doctors have reported experiencing a substantially higher-than-expected failure of the replacement knee within a few years of surgery.

The Zimmer replacement knee is a “high-flex” component, which attaches to the bottom of the thigh bone. In most knee replacement systems, a type of surgical cement is used to hold the implant in place. However, the Zimmer NextGen knee does not use a cement and this may be a design defect which increases the risk of a knee replacement loosening and needing additional surgery to revise the implant.

ZIMMER NEXGEN KNEE REPLACEMENT PROBLEMS: As a result of recalled Zimmer knee replacements and potential problems with the design for certain NexGen components, thousands of individuals may have been exposed to an increase risk of early failure. A number of individuals throughout the United States are pursuing compensation through a Zimmer NexGen knee replacement lawsuit as a result of the manufacturer’s failure to adequately research the artificial knee system or warn about the risk of Zimmer knee problems.

In August 2011, all federal lawsuits involving problems with Zimmer NexGen knee replacements were consolidated as part of an MDL in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, where they will be centralized for pretrial proceedings. Although the MDL process is managed similar to how a Zimmer NexGen knee replacement class action lawsuit would proceed during pretrial litigation, the cases do remain individual claims. The cases will be remanded back to the federal district court where they were originally filed for trial if a ZImmer NexGen settlement agreement is not reached during the MDL process.

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79 comments

  1. Richard Reply

    had a right tkr two years ago. still lots of pain. it was a zimmer

  2. Alton Reply

    In Dec. 2004, upon advise of a Pain Mang. Spec., his assoc. did a dual Zimmer NexGen knee replacement. I’ve been in constant pain ever since. In 2009, a different surgeon discovered that original surgeon had used too large a knee cap, splitting internal stitches. But, his replacement of one knee cap, did NOT stop the increasing, 24/7 pain, and very limited mobility. Due to side effects, I’ve greatly reduced use of pain drugs prescribed by original doctor, with resulting pain increase.

  3. Cindy Reply

    I had a TKR (right knee) in july of 2008. It is a Zimmer and Thank God, I have not had any serious problems or pain. PT went well, I can bend my knee and walk just fine. I am 56 and thought I was too young to have it done, but I am so glad I did. Before replacement took lots of pain med, and used crutches or cane to walk, could only make it to work, then home to bed. No social life at all and I have a teenager at home. Since the TKR, I have been on vacations with grandchildren, walked many miles at zoos and parks. There are times, when sleeping or turning leg in a side ways motion, that I feel pain, but it goes away almost immediately. I am so sorry to hear of all these people in pain and pray for them to find a doctor that can help them.

  4. kenny Reply

    i had a total knee replacement in 2003 i experienced loosening and had to have a revision in 2005 in 2007 i had to have another surgery a lateral release because of all the limping and me having to put most of my weight on the other leg i had to have a debridement done on my right leg the opposite leg of the tkr in january my back now aches my hips hurt and im in constant pain 24/7….My doc says my back problem has nothing to do with my knees and silently questions my honesty or in around about way says im must be exagerating my symptoms and says things like its been to long of a problem that i should learn to live with it!!! he’s falsely claims that i have threaten him i believe out of fustration, and in reality i have been nothing but respectful to him even though i know he that he just wants me to go away!!!!! i have been in pain 24/7 since the 2003 tkr and i am now scheduled for another surgery in the next 4 weeks!!!! Thank U ZIMMER for destroying my life to this point!!!! THESE ARETHE PARTS THATS IN MY KNEE…… NEXGEN COMPLETE KNEE SOLUTION POSTERIOR STABILZER FEMORAL COMPONENT SIZE G…….OSTEOBOND COPOLYMER BONE CEMENT DOUGH TYPE……ALL POLY PATELLA STANDARD SIZE 36MM 9.0 MM THICKNESS……..NEXGEN COMPLETE KNEE SOLUTION STEMMED TIBAL COMPONENT PRECOAT SIZE NOT CLEAR…..NEXGEN COMPLETE KNEE SOLUTION LEGACY KNEE-POSTERIOR STABILIZED (LPS)ARTICULAR SURFACE SIZE BLUE/G,H 12MM HEIGHT

  5. Endia Reply

    I had a procedure addressed as a “Right Total knee arthroplasty” in September of 2008. Used was a product called a Zimmer gender-specific LPS High-Flex implant. Wow!, everything went great and I was up walking with no cane, walker or anything in 6 days. After 4-5 weeks of PT, I experienced no pain whatsoever. My surgeon had done an “outstanding job”. In January of 2011 my knee began to hurt out of the blue for no reason at all. The doctor ordered a Nuclear Dye Test which indicated that all of the hardware of the implant has “loosened” and now a revision has been scheduled for August 2011. I am currently experiencing excruciating pain even though I am taking several pain killers three times daily. I am absolutely miserable now as it has been over seven(7) months since the onset of this pain. What are my options for the new implant used in revision in August? The doctor, through all of this, has not said that I have an “inferior or a recalled” implant. I found out by getting the information from the Drs’ office on my implant and investigating on the internet.

  6. Kathloeen Reply

    Received a Zimmer Nextgen (TKR) in May 08. I was never able to get around on it and after constant horible pain day and night and living on Morphine all the time, I started to give up on ever walking again. I had done everything I was ask to do. I couold not flex my knee well and putting weight on it made it feel like a sharp knife was cutting into my knee with ever step I tried to take.The constant pain was more than I could live with so an antidepresant was added. I spent three months in respit care and PT for about a year. I wore several braces and continued with PT that was gut renching, but I thought I had to do it if I was ever to walk again. I had X-Rays and an MRI done with the glow in the dark stuff put in my blood the day before (a two day process) not fun.
    I used a walker, crutches, cane, wheel chair, electric chair. And, YES I have had a 23nd TKR. I am some better, but not pain free…NO! I can say the 2nd surgery has allowed me to walk in a limited space. Having to just sit in a chair is also so hard on me as it caused me more/extra pain. My good left leg is now going out on me bercause of the limp from the right, bum knee.
    I went from a ballroom dancer to a disabiled crippled. If I had it to do over, I would take the presurgery pain over the post surgery pain. The worst part of all of this is #1 no other OS would touch me nor could they (dare) give me any advice. I even went to the Univeresity Hospital to see their experts. First and last question they ask me “Who did the surgery/”. I told them and they left my room, called my 1st doctor and came back and told me I needed to go back to the 1st doctor…no help, no advice. I sought help from another doctor, too, because after 1+yr. my doctor didn’t give a damn and kept telling memy leg was just fine.
    OUESTION: Does ZIMMER not give a damn either? I called them and they DID NOT want to talk to me! Talk about going through hell, I have been there and back again. I’m a UT patient who went to the best doctors…so what happened??? I no longer can dance, take a walk, a hike or even a short trip to the mall. I can’t even get up and down to play a short while with my grandchildren.

  7. Robyn Reply

    I had the zimmer replacement done in 2003, and just found out after years of pain and falling down, it is loose and needs to be replaced (I will be sure to tell the surgeon NO Zimmer) From what this second surgeon tells me, the zimmers that don’t need cement (like the one I have) usually loosen up and the plastic in between the parts, can become torn, worn out or break.
    My leg right now, from the knee down, can be shaken like a rag doll by the doc (the doc holds my upper thigh and can swing the bottom of the leg like crazy) that (and the x rays) show the entire thing is loose (the top piece and the bottom piece)

    What is almost laughable, is, did everyone get that card from the company after your replacement? It has a picture of the replacement on the front, the type of replacement it is, and your docs info on the back? Well, the surgeon yesterday told me that the card I received has nothing to do with my knee replacement…that my hardware is not what is on that card….he showed me the difference on the xrays from what the card shows….so whats the point of having that card?
    Sorry if I’m rambling, I am so mad right now…I can’t believe I have to go through surgery once again because of a bad part

  8. Stephen Reply

    Can anyone tell me if any compensation claims have been paid because of the Zimmer NexGen knee replacement? I had both knees replaced in 2006 and I cannot walk. My health cannot take any further sugeries so I am wheel chair bound for life.

  9. dewayne Reply

    i had both knees done in 2008 first year called doc with lots of pain.doc said that was ok it would get better still waitting been back to see him and called been to the hospital with swelling they keep sending me back .he has drained.them ihave little knots on them they swell and hurt to the point i cry at 6’3” 285 AND I DON’T LIKE TO CRY THIS DAM MUCH.i have tried to get this taken care of but i do not have no insurance

  10. Diana Reply

    i had a tkr in 2005 but it didnt heal right.so i had a revision on november 29th 2011. still in very much pain.but i dont know what else to do. i have contacted an attorney,but havent heard anything from them. any suggestions?

  11. ronald Reply

    i had this zimmer knee surgery at 38 and it has truly ruin my life .i fell on broken sidewalk and had a revision surgery. before the fall i was experincing . i had the revision in 08 and it is worst then ever i fall atleast two times a week and i can really walk to far or stand to long going up and down stairs is the worst .i belive i have nerve damage my leg jump around restless leg sydrome is product suck and they need to take care of everyone that suffers like me

  12. Mac Reply

    It all sounds about the same! Everyone with a Zimmer NEXGEN knee has severe pain and is lucky if they get a revision that works? I get my “healthcare” through The VA, and the VA had a Zimmer rep there, and I stayed in the hospital 2 months then had about a year of PT which I could never complete due to having to take all my pain pills in order to go to the PT at all! I’m 60 and have never had so much pain in my life! I am waiting for an “OK” to get a non VA Revision Surgeon to do a revision on it but the VA would rather torture you , because they can blame the suicide on the war or PTSD! Too many vets are committing suicide but I understand why! Nobody should have to put up with (NO HEALTHCARE) and live in severe pain indefinitely! Same thing about crying in pain! I never thaught The VA would let the pain get so bad that I would cry in pain!

  13. maryanna Reply

    I had torn damaged cartalege removed in 1978 “before scope surgery”horrible surgery, in left knee: then in 1987 thanks to jazzercize had a scope surgery to do the same thingright knee,, then in mid nineties had horrible pain again in right leg and had an injection of cortisone that lasted one month. I worked in pain until 2010 limping through 12 hour shifts, my back got worse through thoase years, began living on vicodins finally had the TKR to right knee, The ortho MD wanted to do both at once but I was afraid to do that, I have to say I thought I was gonna die for one month after the surgery, I wanted to die with the pain,. this was march 31st 2010, as you might expect I have horrid pain in the left and the right knee that was replaced hjas fluid in it and I have occasional pain in it, I had an xray which was ok,. my Doc said it could be my RA which has recently been diagnosed,This was a zimmer by the way, I was never informed that it was on recall, I sure dont know what to do now, I have a dec 5 2012 app with a new ortho Md will see

  14. Frances Reply

    I had my knee replacement 1 1/2 ago. Have just tried to tell myself it isjjust healing. My surgeon Finally had ordered bond scan after all this Pain pain pain. Taking perks all day long. It’s a -Zimmer and I know I’m in trouble. My knee has to be replaced. After reading all these comments, I want to cry. My husband was sure I was acting all this pain. He now understands.

  15. Donna L. Melvin Reply

    I had my knee done in 2010 at first i just thought that it was still healing even though it had been a year.Was also told to drop some, weight that would ease the pain. Walk. Try bike rideing,walking up steps are very painful.some days and nights i tose and turn and cry.My right knee gets this soft knot on the right side boy is it painful. There are days i just can’t stand putting preasure on it.Just last year i was told i should have had that knee checked every year since i had my surgery.Some days i whish i had never had it.It feels like I am still bone on bone. The pain is bad some days snd nites.

  16. Kathleen Reply

    THIS AN UPDATE (you can go back and see my Aug. 14, 2011 posting)
    It all started with the bad Zimmer Nexgen TKR. From day one I could not walk or progress much. I was in residential PT for a total of 3 mo. I did vigorous exercise, etc. I kept telling the doctor what pain I was in. He kept me on morphine. I wore a couple of different full leg braces (Thigh to ankle). I even had a home brace thing that sat on my bed that I put my leg in to try to straighten my leg. They even put me under for a manipulation of the leg (knee). NOTHING worked. Pain was hell. At years end Another doctor did a 2nd TKR but due to damage from the !st TKR the doctor said he had to add long rods both up and down (8i inches) These rods go down inside the middle of the bones. As I mentioned this started in 2008. Here we are in June 2013 and I have more pain that I can tolerate but do not want to live on morphine the rest of my life. I have gobe back to the doctor who did the 2nd surgery, only to be told things like my bad knee is stronger than my good knee. The only problem I have with my good knee is all the ware and tear of the burden imposed by bad knee:(
    I have gone for other opinions but for the most part they won\\\’t take on my case. I saw yet another doctor last week and while he told me up front he wouldn\\\’t be able to help me, he did say he would be presenting my case to two of his peers with he felt could help, He also sent me for a nuclear scan. I am now awaiting to hear back from the doctor. He already said everything TKR and rods will have to come out no matter what the scan shows. This pain and suffering for 5+ years ALL started with the Zimmer Next Gen.

  17. Kathleen Reply

    I need some HELP for those who are suffering???

  18. Laura Reply

    My husband had a total knee replacement on each knee. The last one required revision surgery. He has a suit against the Zimmer Company. Has anyone received compensation from a total knee replacement lawsuit? If so was it a substantial amount?

  19. melinda Reply

    I had a Zimmer Nexgen TKR done on June 5th 2012 and have had so much pain with it. Was told it would just take time to heal and here we are a little over one yr and no relief for me on this terrible knee pain. I have a burning feeling in my left leg which now makes my foot hurt badly everyday. I still have numbness and tingling on the left side of my left knee. I have lose of pigment on the top of my kneecap which will not tan just turns purple all the time. I take 1200 to 1800 mg of ibp a day and never takes all my pain away have trouble sleeping. I have some pain in my growing on my left leg popping and clicking of my left knee. I am discourge and sad nothing makes the pain better.

  20. Randy Reply

    I had my replacement done in Jan. 2012. It felt better for awhile but a few months later I started having pain in it. I had moved from the state I had it done in so I had to find another dr. He didn\\\’t want to do a bone scan at that time. He said they normally don\\\’t do them until at least a year and a half had gone by. Well, I waited and went thru a lot of pain. Went back and he did the bone scan and sure enough it showed that it had come loose in the area that had been bothering me so bad. Apparently the plastic spacer has sagged on that corner also. Got to have a revision done in Aug. which I am not looking forward to. My question is why after all of this time is this still an issue. I didn\\\’t know anything about any of this when I had it done and my dr actually recommended the Zimmer.

  21. Mike Reply

    I had a TKR on April 23, 2013. Nothing but pain, swelling and inability to flex or extend as compared to prep. My surgeon used a Zimmer Legact LPS-Flex. Physical therapy has been helpful but my knee is not getting ant better. Surgeon thinks 105 degrees is acceptable for flexion but before surgery I could get 135 degrees.

  22. gloria Reply

    I am scheduled for knee replacement surgery Oct. 30, 2013. I am told my doctor uses the Zimmer Next gen. After reading all of the above histories of patients, I am very uncomfortable knowing he is going to use this device. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what works besides the Zimmer. Feel troubled and anxious now that I’ve see this email. I’m open to any suggestions anyone has for me. Thanks.

  23. Cathy Reply

    I had the Zimmer knee done 6 years ago and it has never felt right and it has now messed up my back. I have already paid for one total knee and I want to know how to get Zimmer to be responsible for their bad part?

  24. Jim Reply

    I suffered bilateral knee pain since 1995. I believe it may have been Lyme Disease but was denied antibiotics as skin doctor did not believe it was Lyme even though I had skin rash and was camping right before this. Pain got worse over the years and finally I was willing to do almost anything to get relief from the pain. Then went to OS and he said my knee caps showed severe arthritis and even though my knee joints weren’t that bad that a total knee replacement might help. So in April of 2012 I had a TKR on my left knee and the pain never stopped and even got much worse after surgery and it is now two years and my knee pain in the replaced knee is at least three times worse than prior to surgery. My OS can only tell me that “The XRays look just fine” but has no suggestions for the worsening pain. It is so bad now that it prevents me from sleeping many nights and I am now so depressed and angry that my life is in such ruin. I am retired and was more able and in less pain than I am now after surgery. My device is a Zimmer and I have taken steps to join the federal law suit to see if something can be done. Oh, prior to surgery I could kneel on both knees and had full movement. Now I can’t kneel on replaced knee due to awful shooting pains in my knee. My knee hurts so bad I feel it throughout my entire leg and foot. Life is not good for me now.

  25. Lori Reply

    My right knee had been bothering me for a while so went to Dr. who recommended I get a TKR because I had arthritis and it was bone on bone. I asked him if there was anything else that could be done without surgery and he said no. Since I knew quite a few people that had it done I decided to go with it. I was 70 yrs old, in good health , still working part time in beauty salon, babysat the grandkids and was starting a new venture in my life. My surgery was scheduled for Jan., 21, 2013. That has changed my whole life for the worst. I was told that with therapy I would be good to go within 6 mo… They lied. After one wk. of being home w/meds & all I was in a constant pain, couldn’t sleep at night because of the horrible sensations in my knee & leg. Did everything they told me to do-have been to therapy 3 x complained to the Dr.he said that it takes time. IT’S LIKE HE DOES NOT BELIEVE that am in pain. April 4, 2013. went back had a manipulation / & scope to break up scar tissue. Bottom line is that I still can’t walk right,can’t stand up for long periods of time when I sit & get up its like my whole leg is in some sort of very tight rubber around my knee and it goes into my mid back. I’ve gone to two other orthos., but it appears to me that they don’t want to deal with another Dr. mess. My org. Dr. told me that there was nothing that he can do for me. I found out that I have a Zimmer knee replacement. Which I didn’t know anything about till I read this posts. Am at my wits end…If I would have known this could happen, NEVER WOULD HAVE DONE IT.

  26. Mike Reply

    I had knee replacement December 31, 2110 . my leg would not heal up or bend, I went back into surgery September 16, 2011 for a revision. well I suffer with that until I had to go back in to surgery in September 19, 2013 for another knee replacement . plus 2 manipulation because all on the scare tissue. I’m walking better but still with pain. My doctor would not said that it was a problem with Nex gen flex knee.

  27. Wanda Reply

    Well its me got cheated knee was recalled no one would take my case and the statue of limitation ran out hay you all better watch out no one toled me about drop foot its the pernotail nerve and its bad aufule you cant tap your foot cant raise it and you have to ware a brace or you could fall plus a emg where dr put neadles with electri curents to check for damage and I have had two plus a ultersound its not bad but my nerve is compressed and I will have to have surgery that might not work or it could or if I stay this way its perminit I dont want anouther surgery but I dont want this to be perminite I have sufferd so mutch it has ben 6mt since my knee revision surgery and. My drop foot what next I dont know people ask your dr about drop foot and than decide to have surgery I wished somone had toled me dr tell every thaing except drop foot look it up on line ok wanda

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  28. Patrick Reply

    I have had a total of four Total Knee Replacements. The replacements started in 02 03 time frame I’m sorry don’t have info in front of me, the first was on my left knee the surgery went well the Dr. used the M I surgery on me. Around a year later I had my right knee done the same Dr. did it as well. The first surgery on my left went so well he used the M I S again, my Dr. was on the cutting edge of this procedure he had taken off a year from practice and was trained and he taught as well I believe in Europe. The thought was with the minimal invasive procedure they would cut less and recovery hospital time etc. would be cut down. So on my right knee he actually put me in a case study to help promote and prove this technique. Well after surgery I think it was day two I was in bed attached to the motion equipment, when all of a sudden terrible pain and a very loud pop happened in my knee, my wife was in the room and asked what in the hell was that ? I replied my knee and shut off the machine and called for the nurse and Dr. After that the knee never felt right the Dr. kept saying it would get better well the people from case study would call me every evening ani would answer questions concerning pain and progress, the first few times i may have sugar coated the answers because I wanted the outcome for this procedure to be good, knowing this could help other people down the road. The pain level got so bad I was no longer Mr nice guy and at times would not answer the phone because the process would get me so worked up my pain level would go through the roof, they just stopped calling to get my input for some reason. That being said I think for some people that are older and or less active this is the way to go. The only other problem is they an not see everything as well with the smaller incisions. I have no problem with my Dr except for him questioning my problems, he would say no way is your new knee. I told him my hip was now hurting he said that is probably the problem he walked me across the hall to a specialist did testing, ended up having surgery it was some type of toen seal in hip. This helped some but my knee was so sore and loud I went to another Dr.in the same group, my Dr was just teaching now. The Dr who referred me to another Dr in the group who specialize in Revisions, he told me that it was my lucky day he would also assist in the surgery Two Docs for the price of one. Well my knew Dr said he thought the top plate was loose so I had surgery come to find out both top and bottom plates were very loose he did a revision and am doing great now I highly recommend hip for revision surgery or special hip needs, he is very well known for both and has people all over the country sent to him, also his bedside manners are second to none. I am sorry to ramble on long story short not to much later he had to redo my other knee, it was not loose but would pop completely out of notch and go off to the side. Well after recovering from severe depression (suicidle) I am now doing much better, I still fight chronic pain, I have had a hip replaced and a shoulder as well have plates in wrist and in my back, but you know there are people out in this world a lot worse than myself, I just wish I did not have to go through the extra surgeries it almost cost me my marriage, my kids my friends and my life. I don’t think it was a Dr problem I think it was Zimmer and the Hardware. I have not done anything yet because I did not want to get Dr. drug in a law suit, but after all I have seen out of Zimmer and ther Corprate denial and refusing to take care of the problem and all the people and family’s they have hurt here I come baby, I don’t want anyone to go through what I did it’s a very scary dark place and I sill see my psychiatrist and have my days or weeks but I am not going to let it beat me God Bless All Of You!!!

  29. Chula Reply

    May I ask in what state you live and the name of the Dr.?

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