Rise in Knee Replacement Surgeries for Elderly Americans

In a recent study of more than three million Medicare patients, researchers have found that knee replacement surgery has more than doubled in the last twenty years among older patients. Medicare patients aged 65 and older are attempting to stay active, even as their bodies continue to age.

The number of knee replacement surgeries each year doubled between 1991 and 2010, rising to nearly 244,000 surgeries in 2010. The number represents an increase of 162 percent.
Similarly, revision surgeries rose by 106 percent in the same time period.

Rise in Knee Implants Caused by Obesity

Though the upsurge can be attributed to elderly patients wishing to remain active in their older years, there is another factor that might not come as a shock: obesity. A long-time reigning epidemic, obesity is a major cause for knee-replacement being necessary in the first place.

Patients might want to be more careful when considering knee replacement options, as several companies and brands have been reported as defective. Often these knee replacements cause severe problems, and require corrective surgery.

Defective Zimmer Knees Cause Severe Injuries

Zimmer Knee implants in particular have been a huge problem for many patients who receive surgery. A number of Zimmer knee implants have caused complications. Some of which include:

  • Loosening or fracture of knee
  • Dislocation of joint
  • Misalignment
  • Disassembly
  • Bone fracture or nerve damage
  • Swelling
  • Infection
  • Poor range of motion
  • Swelling
  • Infection
  • Poor range of motion
  • Pain
  • Immobility

Zimmer is currently the target of a lawsuit—so before you decide on going through with surgery, be sure to talk with your doctor about which options are best for your case. If you’ve been injured, consider talking to an attorney who has years of experience in handling knee replacement injury lawsuits.