Our position on Nexgen knee replacements

  • Case investigation led by Christian Beadell

    Published: March 15, 2023 | Last Updated: November 8, 2023

Investigating claims as knee replacements withdrawn

It has been reported that over 10,000 NHS patients have been given faulty knee replacements, which could require a secondary surgery. The NexGen Zimmer Biomets are the second most used brand of knee implants in the UK. There is an issue with these implants in that they have a far higher rate of failure than is acceptable. This has left patients with pain and in a lot of cases requiring more surgery which comes with its own risk. Those patients who have experienced this are able to claim compensation for the suffering which has been caused.


How can Fletchers Medical Negligence Solicitors help?

We have assembled a team of medical negligence experts led by Christian Beadell, Head of Group Actions, to investigate claims related to the Nexgen range of knee replacements. We can investigate the claim and help you take legal action. We understand that this can be an already stressful time and as such we would be able to offer a No Win, No Fee agreement which means there is no financial risk to you.


What’s wrong with the NexGen knee implants?

The National Joint Registry (NJR) has identified these devices as having an unacceptably high revision rate, increasing the risk of needing to replace them. Zimmer Biomet, the manufacturer of these knee replacements, has also issued an urgent medical device safety notice for these implants.

The NJR documents and evaluates the performance outcomes of joint replacement surgery to enhance the quality of service provided and facilitate research analysis, to improve patient outcomes.

It is expected that knee replacement should last around 15 years, before a replacement is required. However, one study has noted that 17.6% of Nexgen knee replacement patients will need a replacement within 5 years.

Patients who have undergone a Nexgen knee replacement may need revision surgery. The revision surgery is not without risk and can often be more risky than the primary surgery. Risks include infection loosening of the implant and bone loss.


What should you do if you believe you been affected by a Nexgen implant?

Symptoms can include limping, inability to bear weight, swelling, or knee instability. If you or someone you know has experienced similar issues, please contact our team for a free, no-obligation consultation today.

Key allegations

Unacceptably high revision rate and replacement of implants

Urgent medical device safety notice issued for these implants

We can help you

Tell us what happened to you: Call us on 0330 013 0251 Or send us an email
Request a callback when it's convenient for you to talk
Start your claim (No win - no fee)

Next Steps

If you have received one of the affected knee implants, the hospital where you had your surgery should contact you with more information. The National Joint Registry has provided hospitals with a list of patients affected by this issue. All affected patients should receive clinical follow-up and examination.

Do you feel you could have been impacted?

If you or a loved one have had a Nexgen knee replacement and are experiencing pain, limited range of motion, swelling, or decreased joint function, please don't hesitate to contact our expert team for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Find out if you can claim

Contact our expert medical negligence team for advice on how to start your claim on 0330 013 0251

Our team of experts will support you all the way

  • Christian Beadell

    Head of Group Actions

  • Francesca Paul


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