Knee Replacement Recall: Zimmer Persona Trabecular Tibial Plate

Maglio Christopher & Toale, P. A. wants to alert Zimmer patients about an FDA Class 2 recall of almost 12,000 Zimmer Persona tibial knee plates on March 12, 2015.  The tibial plate is one component of the entire Persona knee replacement system.  An unacceptably high number of patients are reporting loosening of the knee and an increase of radiolucent lines.  “Radiolucent” means it shows up as a highlighted areas on an x-ray, which indicates less density in that area of the knee. According to the recall notice, a variety of sizes and lots of the Zimmer Persona Trabecular metal tibial plate are being removed from the market and should not be used in any further knee surgeries.  Zimmer has instructed hospital and surgeons to quarantine unimplanted Persona tibial plates but has yet to instruct them how to care for patients with the recalled devices in their bodies.

“All affected product are to be located and quarantined immediately.”

Zimmer’s History of Orthopedic Recalls

Zimmer previously recalled the company’s Zimmer Durom metal on metal hip replacements in 2008. Maglio Christopher & Toale, PA filed the FIRST lawsuit in the United States against Zimmer over failures of the Durom hip replacement.

Of all the complaints concerning the Zimmer Persona Tibial Plate: 36% were either revised because of loosening or showing symptomatic radiolucent lines and 28% of the complaints identified asymptomatic radiolucencies.  This means that potential problems showed up on x-rays but the patient wasn’t aware of any symptoms.

If you’ve had any complications from your Zimmer Persona knee implant, contact our attorneys to talk about your specific situation.  Maglio Christopher & Toale, P. A. is one of the nation’s leading defective orthopedic device law firms. We’ve heard from many Zimmer patients about complications, revisions, and pain with their implants.  Our attorneys will work to protect our client’s rights in the Persona recall.  Contact us so we can help you begin the process of protecting your rights and getting compensation for your defective Zimmer Persona knee implant:  888.952.5242.

What Should You Do Now?

Contact Your Doctor
If you think you may have a Persona knee implant, contact your doctor immediately to make sure your health is not at risk.

Do Not Sign Anything
First consult with a Defective Knee recall attorney, such as Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. Otherwise, you could sign away important rights.

Contact a Defective Medical Device Attorney
Get advice about how to protect yourself and what medical records and information you’ll need to file a claim for compensation.

Where Were the Persona Tibial Plates Sold?

According to the FDA recall notice, “all affected product are to be located and quarantined immediately.”  In the United States, the recall applies in all 50 states. However, the FDA recall notice specifically points out the distribution of the Persona knee in the following states:

Also singled out in the recall are 13 Veterans Administration Medical Centers throughout the US.  The Persona tibial plates being recalled were all distributed between November 29, 2012 and January 23, 2015.

About the Zimmer Persona Knee Implant

The Zimmer Persona knee was supposed to be a highly personalized implant system.  Zimmer’s marketing materials call it “the most anatomically accurate knee implant.”  However, Zimmer’s worldwide recall indicates there’s a clear defect in at least some of the Persona tibial plates sold.  Zimmer has not publically released information concerning the cause of the failures.

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