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Total Knee Implant Risks Highlighted in Two Studies

July 8, 2014 — As knee replacements become more common in an aging population, the safety risks of total knee replacement surgery have been highlighted in two studies.

Researchers warn that about one-third of total knee replacements are inappropriate. For people who do need surgery, complications might be better if they have partial knee replacements.

The most recent study, published this week in the Lancet, found that outcomes were generally better for patients who had a partial knee replacement instead of a total knee replacement. There were fewer complications, such as blood clots, heart attack, and stroke. Patients also needed fewer blood transfusions, they were not as likely to be re-admitted to the hospital, and the risk of death was also lower.

Last month, Arthritis & Rheumatology published a study finding that only 44% of total knee replacements were appropriate, and one-third were inappropriate.

Over 1,000 lawsuits are currently pending against Zimmer, the manufacturer of the NexGen knee replacement. Members of the litigation are concerned that the implant was not rigorously tested for safety before it was introduced on the market. Like many knee implants, the NexGen was approved through the 510(k) process, which allows new products on the market without new studies so long as it is similar to an existing device.

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