Nearly 140,000 Canadians receive knee or hip replacements each year. If a knee implant is defective or does not work properly, patients can be harmed, and the implant may need to be replaced earlier than expected. Defective implants can cause infections, significant pain, nerve damage, and negatively impact the day-to-day life of patients.
The NexGen Complete Knee Solution by Zimmer Biomet is one of the most widely used total knee replacements in the world. On December 13, 2022, the Government of Canada released a recall and safety alert advising that the NexGen Complete Knee Solution has significantly higher reversion rates when the NexGen Stemmed Tibial Component is paired with either the LPS Flex or LPS Flex GSF Femoral Components. If a knee implant has a high reversion rate, it means it is more likely to fail and require replacement.
One peer-reviewed study conducted on the NexGen Complete Knee Solution found that 17 percent of the implants required replacement within five years. In the study, 95 percent of the replacements resulted from the combination of the NexGen Stemmed Tibial Component with LPS Flex Components. The study concluded that “extreme caution is urged if usage of this implant is to continue.”
If you have experienced harm or injury as a result of the NexGen Stemmed Tibial Component, or your NexGen knee implant has failed or become defective, we would like to hear from you. Please contact us by emailing [email protected], or by phoning us at 902-425-7330 or toll-free at 1-800-465-8794.