Knee replacements are a common procedure that is performed all across the country, including in hospitals and surgical centers in Connecticut. Patients who have been through this procedure understand the expense, pain and recovery involved. Naturally, they expect that the equipment used is of good quality and free of defects. Recently, a recall was issued by Zimmer Holdings, Inc., the manufacturer of the NexGen Complete Knee Solution system, for an issue with the tibial components that could lead to device failure.
The system’s manufacturer claims that a possible problem was found regarding the thread specifications, which could lead to a host of complications. These complications include post-surgical infection, bone loss, dislocation and early revision surgery. While this particular device is supposed to be installed in a less invasive surgery, sparing patients from the pain typically associated with this type of procedure, the assembly process surgeons must use is said to make the problems more apparent.