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Faulty knee replacements were given to 10,000 patients

10,000 patients received a defective knee replacement… and 350 required a second operation within TEN YEARS, figures show

  • The National Joint Registry said 350 patients required a second surgery within a decade because of ‘aseptic loosening’
  • The implant has failed in up to 7 percent of patients over the past ten years
  • The implant, which has been in use since 2003, is said to be banned

More than 10,000 NHS patients have received faulty knee replacements, it was revealed last night.

The National Joint Registry said 350 patients required a second surgery within a decade because of “aseptic loosening.”

The Nexgen, made by the American company Zimmer Biomet, was taken off the market in October. The implant has failed in up to 7 percent of patients over the past decade — twice the accepted failure rate set by the registry, which monitors hip and knee surgeries.

The drug and health products regulatory agency said it would issue a ban on the implant, which has been in use since 2003.

The National Joint Registry said 350 patients required a second surgery within a decade because of ‘aseptic loosening’

MHRA Chief Safety Officer Dr. Alison Cave told the Daily telegram: “We are actively working with relevant stakeholders and are reviewing all available evidence from various sources on concerns about the performance of the NexGen Knee Implant.”

A Zimmer Biomet spokesperson said: “We are working closely with regulatory agencies on this voluntary recall and information will be sent to surgeons to update them on the details regarding this recall next week.

‘At that time, information will also be available on our website.’

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