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Potential for Zimmer Persona Knee Failure


Zimmer Persona Knee Recall: Why was the Zimmer Persona implant removed from global distribution?

The Zimmer Persona Trabecular Metal tibial plate (device used in knee replacements) was recalled because there is a higher than expected rate of complaints for loosening of these implants. If an implant lacks appropriate fixation, it can cause the patient to experience pain and, in the long run, necessitate revision surgery. This Zimmer Persona Recall affects thousands of patients. If you, or someone you know, is affected by a recalled Zimmer Persona knee, the pertinent information compiled on our site can guide your next steps.

Zimmer Inc., manufacturer of the Persona, issued a hazard alert for the devices. Affected health Professionals (hospitals and surgeons) and distributors were sent Urgent Medical Device Recall notices via mail on February 16, 2015. As of March 16, 2015, there are approximately 40 complaints worldwide of loosening involving the Persona, of which 16 underwent revision surgery. The most common cause for revision of knee replacements using these devices is loosening of the cementless components.

Zimmer Persona Knee Problems: Symptoms, Signs and Complications You May ‘Or May Not’ Be Aware Of

Some patients experience component loosening manifesting in pain, difficulty walking, and/or decreased mobility. However, some patients have no symptoms. In any case, serious, underlying health problems from implant failure result in a plethora of harmful side effects including:

  • Knee pain
  • Malalignment
  • Loosening of the knee replacement
  • Poor component fixation
  • Knee replacement failure
  • Decreased mobility
  • Pain with mobility
  • Revision surgery

Do you have an advocate working on your behalf for your Zimmer Persona knee problems? All it takes is 3 simple steps! Start by sharing your story with us through our free evaluation form on this page or we invite you to give us a call, toll free, at 888-817-2527 for a confidential case review.

Zimmer Persona Knee Recall


Zimmer Inc. released the Persona Knee implant for Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) in March 2012. They marketed the product stating, “Zimmer is redefining knee arthroplasty and ushering in a new era of personalization with the introduction of the Persona Knee.”

On March 12, 2015, Zimmer Inc. recalled the Persona Knee after less than three years on the market. The recall includes approximately 12,000 implants sold throughout the United States. The recall was initiated because the knees are prone to loosening, resulting in severe pain for the patient and a subsequent need for revision surgery. 

Zimmer Recalls Persona Knee Implant

Zimmer Inc. issued a voluntary Class 2 recall of the Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate. Recall notices were sent to affected distributors, hospitals, and surgeons in February.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the manufacturer received “An increase in complaints of loosening and radiolucent lines.”  Radiolucent lines are defined as radiolucent intervals (measured in millimetres) between the cement and the bone. They are transparent to X-Rays. Radiolucent lines are symptomatic of a poorly-fixated knee implant, malalignment, and premature or aseptic loosening. Progressive radiolucent lines are commonly associated with early failure of the acetabular component of the knee implant. Component loosening and polyethylene wear may be attributed to the cementing technique and/or implant design.

The Australian Government released a hazard alert stating, “Out of the 0.61% complaints received, 36% identified symptomatic radiolucent lines or were revised for loosening, and 28% identified asymptomatic radiolucencies.”

Your Options & Filing a Zimmer Persona Knee Lawsuit

Zimmer advertised on their website, “The Persona System makes the most clinically successful knee replacement more personalized than ever by focusing on the unique needs of the patient, surgeon and institution.”  Unfortunately, individuals implanted with this defective device experience serious problems and may require revision surgery.

We recommend following up with your orthopedic surgeon regarding this matter. Consider requesting that your orthopedic surgeon order an X-Ray  or other radiological study in order to evaluate the current status of your Zimmer Persona knee. We believe it is in your best interest to have your knee evaluated due to the fact the implant can lead to loosening failure mode and contribute to the need for revision of the total knee arthroplasty.

Contact our attorneys today if you experienced the following issues:

  • Knee pain
  • Malalignment
  • Loosening of the knee replacement
  • Poor component fixation
  • Knee replacement failure
  • Decreased mobility
  • Pain with mobility
  • Revision surgery

We help individuals injured secondary to the Zimmer Persona and accept product liability cases nationwide. If you or a loved one was injured from a defective knee replacement,  call our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation at 888-817-2527, or fill out our confidential online form.

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