If you enjoy an active lifestyle, you don’t want hip problems to slow you down. That’s why hip replacement surgery can be an excellent solution that allows you to keep moving, but without the pain. Unfortunately, there are hip replacement devices that were not tested enough to reveal design or manufacturing flaws before they reached the operating room—and the patient.
A successful hip replacement relies on a combination of surgical skill and well-designed medical devices. Design and manufacturing flaws in Zimmer hip replacements, as well as other manufacturers’ parts, have required many patients to undergo painful revision surgery. If you’ve suffered from complications after receiving a Zimmer hip replacement, contact McIntyre Law today for a free consultation.
The Zimmer hip replacement system uses metal-on-metal technology that can cause grinding and a host of other complications. Many surgeons have moved away from Zimmer’s products, finding that they can fail to properly bind with a patient’s host bone.
The Durom Acetabular Component, or Durom Cup, was approved by the FDA in 2006 for use in hip replacement surgery. It soon became the manufacturer’s most problematic product. Zimmer Holdings, Inc., initiated a recall for the Durom Cup in July 2008, after it was determined that the surgical parts did not work properly, or that the training provided to surgeons had been inadequate.
More than 13,000 people nationwide have received the Zimmer hip replacement. Experts estimate that between 5% and 8% of these cups are defective and therefore subject to this hip replacement recall. The Zimmer hip implants with defective cups were manufactured from 2006 to 2008.
The defective products included in this hip recall fail to bond properly with the existing bone structure, and begin to loosen, separate, and painfully grind against the bone as they move. Zimmer hip implant failure symptoms can include:
The Zimmer Durom Cup has been available internationally since 2003, and sold in the United States since 2006. If your hip replacement was performed prior to 2003, you are not affected by this hip recall.
If your hip replacement surgery occurred after 2003, you may need to speak with your orthopedic surgeon or the hospital where you had your surgery find out whether you are affected by the Zimmer hip recall. It may take time for the information about your surgery to be found.
For privacy reasons, your orthopedic surgeon or the hospital where your surgery took place might ask you to request this information in person.
If you’ve received a Durom Cup or any other hip replacement system manufactured by Zimmer, you could be eligible for compensation. To learn more about your options, contact the attorneys at McIntyre Law for a free consultation.
If you think your hip replacement is failing, but it was made by another manufacturer, you might still have a case. Please check the other information pages on our site to find out whether you are affected by a hip recall: