Recent media coverage of NexGen knee implant

07 Dec 2022

We are aware of recent media coverage regarding the performance of some variants within the Nexgen range of knee replacements and want to provide information to patients who may be concerned.

The concerns were identified by the National Joint Registry (NJR) as part of their routine monitoring of implants. The NJR is the largest orthopaedic registry in the world and routinely collects data on hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder joint replacement surgery and monitors the performance of all joint replacement implants.

If you are worried about your knee replacement with new pain, swelling or limping you should contact your orthopaedic surgeon to discuss. If you do not know what type of knee replacement you have, the NJR have offered a service so you can find out. See below information released by the NJR.

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The alert relates to the NexGen Stemmed Option Tibial Component used with either the LPS Flex or LPS Flex GSF Femoral Components.  National Joint Registry (NJR) data suggests that tibial component loosening is a key cause of increased revision surgery. The recommendation is to monitor patients who have had these devices, for any new pain, inability to bear weight, swelling or instability of the knee.

Please note that the majority of NexGen knee implants have shown no concerning outcomes.

Any patient who had agreed for their details to be entered onto the registry who has concerns, can request a summary of the devices used in their surgery by contacting the NJR Service Desk at [email protected]

The NJR are currently preparing lists of affected patients from our registry records to send to relevant hospitals, to support their follow-up of patients.

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