The Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder is a shoulder replacement device that is surgically implanted to help restore arm movement. The device is beneficial for patients who have experienced rotator cuff tears or a severe type of shoulder arthritis (known as arthropathy). The manufacturer is recalling their shoulder implant devices because they are fracturing at a high rate and causing serious adverse health consequences.
Surgeries that have used this product mostly took place from October 2008 through September 2015, at many hospitals, to include St. Joseph Hospital in Towson, Maryland. Investigations are proceeding only against Zimmer Biomet at this time, not against any hospital or individual physician.
If you get a letter from Zimmer or your physician, or you have already had revision surgery to fix defective shoulder components, call me to discuss possible legal options. All consultations are confidential and at no cost.
SURGERY TIP: If you are having any type of implant surgery, here are some questions to ask of your provider:
- What specific parts will you be implanting and what company makes it?
- How long has the device been in use?
- What is the success rate of the surgery?
- What is the success rate of the product?
If you have any revision or replacement surgery, always ask to take home any removed pieces. By law – if it is in your body, you own it.