Zimmer Persona Knee Recall Information

The separate recalls were issued by Zimmer in response to concerns with the porous coated, uncemented Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate loosening and with the TASP shim (a part used in implantation) losing ball bearings during the surgery, which could cause surgical delays and excessive exposure to anesthesia.


This specific knee replacement, the porous coated, uncemented Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate, has been available since November, 2012 through the recall occurred in March of 2015.


Zimmer received an increase in complaints of the development of radiolucent lines on X-rays, reflecting a loosening of the device, and issued a recall for its porous coated, uncemented, Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate. There were also indications that ball bearings from the Tibial Articular Surface Provisional (TASP) Shim were getting into surgical wounds or delaying surgery, and Zimmer issued a recall for all sizes and lots of the TASP shim component.



A Weitz & Luxenberg Freedom of Information Act request to the FDA revealed that Zimmer received inspectional observations from the FDA that there were problems with the Zimmer Persona Knee TASP before Zimmer officially recalled this surgical tool.


The company received notification of objectionable conditions during an FDA inspection. The FDA was concerned with issues at the Zimmer facility after an inspection. Among these were several hundred complaints of TASP fractures, many of which were not properly counted or documented.


These are some of the signs that your knee implant may be failing and you should consult with your orthopedist:

  • Ongoing pain
  • Lack of mobility
  • Instability of the knee

It often takes several months for you to start feeling better after knee surgery. In most cases, that's normal -- your body takes time to heal. But sometimes, there's something wrong with the knee implant that is permanent, so it lasts beyond the normal recuperation period.

When that happens, following examination and testing by your surgeon, you may need to have the part removed and replaced -- this is called revision surgery. If that happens, it is critical that arrangements are made to save the medical device that was removed. It is important evidence in any potential lawsuit.

Some surgeons are suggesting that you try a manipulation after your implant, to improve fixation and possibly reduce the need for revision surgery. However, if that does not work, it suggests a serious problem with inadequate fixation of the device to the bone.

“We see time and again in recalled orthopedic product cases that companies rush implants to the market without sufficient safety testing or clinical trials. As a result, while patients think they are getting the latest innovative technology, they instead are exposed to the risks of an inadequately tested product when there are safer alternatives with a longer track record. The Zimmer Persona knee did not undergo clinical trials prior to it being cleared for marketing.”
-- Ellen Relkin, Weitz & Luxenberg P.C.


Get Help from Weitz & Luxenberg

If you have suffered harm due to a faulty knee replacement part,
you may deserve compensation for your pain, suffering and medical expenses.



You may have heard from your surgeon that Zimmer is offering to settle your case if you contact them directly.

The danger of calling Zimmer directly without representation is the amount they may offer is far less than you are entitled to and you would be releasing all rights potentially before you know your final prognosis.

You need someone who can negotiate on your behalf to ensure that you receive as much compensation as you are entitled to and protect your rights, including addressing Medicare and health insurance company liens.

Contact us for advice at 888-611-7818 to discover your options and the next steps you should take.

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