Zimmer Persona Knee Recall 2015

On March 12, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Class II Recall for the Zimmer Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate knee implant. This was a voluntary global recall initiated by Zimmer, and all lots and sizes of the Persona knee replacement implant are being removed from distribution.

A Class 2 Recall is issued when a device potentially “may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences.” According to the Persona knee replacement implant recall, nearly 11,700 devices are affected, citing complaints of radiolucent lines and loosening of the tibial base component of the implants. 


Radiolucent lines are large gaps that occur between the knee replacement components or between the components and the bone. Joint fluid, tissue, and debris from implant wear can lodge in these spaces, causing eventual bone damage known as osteolysis.

A loosened implant can cause severe pain, triggering bone and tissue damage, as well as swelling in the affected area. Radiolucent lines also signal that the patient may be a candidate for revision surgery to correct the problem and replace the defective component.

Zimmer Knee Replacement Lawsuit

Zimmer introduced the Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate knee replacement system or the Persona TM Tibia knee implant in December 2012. An artificial knee should last between 15 – 20 years. However, recipients of components involved in the Zimmer Persona knee recall could develop symptoms within a few years of surgery. These symptoms include:

  • Swelling

  • Instability

  • A warmth that persists for more than a few months after surgery

  • Pain and mild soreness. Severe pain may be a result of knee implant failure

One of the largest manufacturers of knee replacement implants and other medical devices, Zimmer has been involved in numerous medical device recalls over the last several years. A voluntary recall was briefly issued in 2008 for the Durom Cup hip component. Zimmer set aside $70 million to pay for revision surgeries associated with the Durom Cup hip device. In 2010, almost 70,000 MIS Tibial components were recalled because of early loosening, and in 2014, the NexGen Knee models were recalled when defective screws led to loosening and failure.

Contact The Cochran Firm for a Free Case Evaluation

If you or a family member received a Zimmer Persona knee implant between December 2012 and March 2015 and have experienced continued or increased pain, talk to your doctor about the possible cause of this pain. If you needed surgery to replace your artificial knee, talk to your doctor to know what caused the need for the revision surgery.

The attorneys at The Cochran Firm are experienced in defective medical device lawsuits. They can help you determine whether you have a legal claim for injuries caused by the Zimmer Persona knee implant. Call The Cochran Firm at (334) 673-1555 for a free consultation about your potential knee replacement device claim.

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