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Zimmer Natural Knee Complaints Spur More Lawsuits

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Washington, DCThe Zimmer Natural knee made its debut about 27 years ago and since that time many people have been outfitted with a Zimmer Natural. And since the Natural-Knee Flex System, Prolong Articular Surface knee implants were recalled in 2009 and 2010, a number of people have filed Zimmer Natural lawsuits.

In June 2012, a California resident filed a lawsuit against Zimmer, claiming her knee started to loosen soon after she was implanted with a NexGen knee. She had to undergo revision surgery three years after getting the Zimmer knee replacement. Her case is being transferred to the Zimmer NexGen knee failure multidistrict litigation (MDL No. 2272).

Will the Zimmer Natural follow the NexGen?

Zimmer Holdings, a medical device manufacturer specializing in orthopedic implants, blamed doctors for its failed Natural knee system. But some patients think the Zimmer Natural is at fault.

Billy is scheduled for revision surgery next month and he made sure that he is not getting a Zimmer knee this time around.

“I hurt all the time and I’m just miserable,” says Billy. “I had the natural knee II system replacement on one knee in 2008 and my other knee was done in 2009, again with a Zimmer natural. Now I can no longer work and I’m on social security disability.”

Billy says that he used to fish and hunt but now he can’t even walk or stand for any length of time. “I was better off without the knee replacements and now there is no turning back.” (Billy adds that he was covered for long term disability benefits with Unum health insurance but he was cut off last March—without a justifiable reason, yet he qualified for social security.)

Eldon says his Zimmer Natural knee replacement failed after 11 years of wear. “Cysts formed in the tibia and my surgeon said that they all fail at 10 years or shortly after that.” Eldon underwent revision surgery with a bone graft to fill the cysts in the tibia. “I lost work time plus so much pain and suffering. My surgeon also told me that the cysts form because of a problem with the implant itself.”

“Ever since I had a Zimmer Natural knee implant I have suffered from acute pain,” says Melody. “Daily living is just about impossible—I am not able to drive anymore and even walking is a task. I can no longer perform household duties and I’ve been confined to my house. As if that isn’t bad enough, I am always on pain meds and constantly having to apply heat or ice packs.” Melody can’t decide whether or not revision surgery will help.

A number of patients have also filed Zimmer Natural knee lawsuits after revision surgery.
Experienced knee and hip attorneys expect that Zimmer lawsuits will soon be consolidated as mass torts at state and federal levels for discovery stage.

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I don't or want to know about the law suite for the unspacer I was 22 in the world at the time the first in Georgia .to make a long story short it the unispacer lasted 3 months had to do a knee replacement. Well as I am write this I am in a hospital getting revision surgery on the knee that the unispacer. I have both knee replaced I will have the other replaced next year. Someone needs to talk to is or me for what we can do

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In 2003 I had a UNISPACER put in both my knees. The pain grew so
Over whelming I had to quit my job. I couldn't walk when I'd ask about this pain the dr would say oh it has to heal. Then I had the other knee done still in pain with the first knee I was 40 years old at this time. After months and months of PT and not being able to straighten my legs or walk or stand and pain that
was so horrible it's the only time I've ever thought of suicide the dr finally took a Ctscan and said the UNISPACER had moved and was snow plowing my knee bones. With ever step it was scraping bone off! I then had my knees replaced. I've never been able to completely straighten my
Legs out. Or do so many things walk up and down stairs. Get in and out of a bath tub so many life debilatating things because of this UNISPACER and I'm on complete disability! Is there a lawsuit for this UNISPACER at all ??

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April 21, 2003 I had the Zimmer Unispacer put into my right knee. After a few weeks, had to have the manipulation done due to scar tissue. Every time I would go in as a follow up, I would complain how it just felt like it wasn't healed inside and the pain was so strong. Just told to give it time. After several years now, have had an xray and was told the spacer moved downward and imbedded in my leg bone....hence the major pain I continue to still have. As time has gone on, I am to the point on not wanting to walk on this leg due to the pain. The Unispacer was a complete waste of time, money and effort for my life. And still the pain in intolerable.

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i had the revision (one year after the total knee that was a year after the zimmer uni spacer #2 shot out the side of my knee)now i fall, hyper extend, non stop pain lose of balance you name it. i was better off with out any zimmer gadgets they are all crap. but the natural knee isnt on the easy money list so a dozen lawyer referals here have only produced lost documents(my fault for sending the original product info) any way i say the revision is even worse the the first crap that went in, drop foot, blood clots, dont do it.

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