People encounter problems with their joints for any number of reasons, and one of the most painful joints to experience problems with is the knee. In many cases, people will suffer long enough that they will need to have knee replacement surgery, and a successful surgery of this type will restore a person’s ability to move and minimize or eliminate pain that’s being endured. One of the leading product line producers of knee replacement parts is a company known as Zimmer, which has produced different knee replacement parts.
Unfortunately, people began to experience serious problems with these Zimmer knee replacement parts in high enough number in recent years that the public eventually became aware of these issues. If you or someone you love has trusted one of these products for a knee replacement, you need to seek the help of experienced Zimmer knee replacement lawyers as soon as possible. Below is a brief overview of this issue.
The Zimmer NexGen CR- Flex Knee Replacement is basically an artificial knee joint that’s implanted into the patient’s body to replace a natural knee that presents too much pain and too little flexibility. This product works by fusing into the body with the tissue that surrounds the knee joint and it is supposed to provide at least several years of minimized pain and at least 120 degrees worth of range of motion so that the patient can climb stairs and walk normally.
Unfortunately, during a March 2010 conference for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, two surgeons who specialize in knee replacements presented data that was troubling for patients who had undergone a knee replacement procedure and for those who were using these parts in their surgeries.
Specifically, this data suggested that the Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex Knee Replacement failure rate may possibly be as high as nine percent, which is much higher than what would be expected within the industry. This failure rate led to a need for patients to have additional surgery within two years of the original knee replacement.
In addition to the data above, the surgeons also suggested that those experiencing relatively minor problems with the Zimmer knee replacement parts also suffered serious pain, lack of mobility and discomfort because of the tendency for the knee joints to loosen once they were inside the patient’s body. Since then, these products have been under intense scrutiny.
If you are one of the many people who have trusted these products to serve the functions of your natural knee and you’ve encountered pain, a lack of mobility and perhaps the need for additional surgery as a result, you need to seek the help of Zimmer knee replacement lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of consumers for many years. Contact Parilman & Associates today to schedule a free initial consultation.
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