As the importance of staying active and healthy later in life becomes more and more apparent, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of patients who must undergo corrective or replacement surgery on their knees. It’s important for people considering such a procedure to be aware of the dangers of knee implant complications.
Some of the most common problems reported by knee replacement patients are pain, swelling, and infection, but more serious complications have been reported in the past. In fact, some devices have been found to wear prematurely.
Such issues prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to announce the Class II recall of the Zimmer Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate. Reports indicate that a large number of patients who received the device have complained about radiolucent lines and loosening of the unit. These issues could result in a dislocation of the unit, as well as other severe complications.
All lots and sizes of the device should be returned to the manufacturer immediately.