Zimmer Holdings Inc. suspended sales of its Durom Acetabular component Durom Zimmer hip implants July 22, 2008. Many orthopedic surgeons and patients believe the voluntary recall was long overdue, and adversely affected patients are filing hip implant lawsuits with hip replacement recall attorneys due to pain, side effects and the need for additional hip surgeries. If you have questions pertaining to the Zimmer hip implant lawsuit or related claims, or your legal rights, a Zimmer hip implant lawyer may be able to help. For additional information, call 1-888-BURNETTI. for a FREE consultation with a hip implant lawyer regarding a Zimmer durom hip implant settlement.
In 2006, the Zimmer ceramic hip implants cup was approved for use in the United States for total hip implants replacement. The Durom Acetabular Component hip replacement device was designed and marketed for use in young, active patients and was viewed as a significant improvement over existing technology. However, problems began to arise when many patients said that they experienced intense pain soon after surgery, and many faced additional surgery to repair or replace the Durom Cup.
Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Replacement Problems Failure Rate
Many orthopedic surgeons, most notably Lawrence D. Dorr, believe the act of suspension of sales comes well after documented complaints from patients and surgeons of device failure and loosening that should have prompted Zimmer to respond sooner. According to The New York Times, Lawrence Dorr, a renowned orthopedic surgeon in California and founder and medical director of the Dorr Institute for Arthritis Research and Education Foundation, was the first to publicly express displeasure with the Durom Cup. Dr. Dorr initially sent a notice to Zimmer Holdings, prior to his public declaration in 2007, relating the failure rate he was experiencing with the Durom Cup. Zimmer Holdings disregarded the notice, prompting Dr. Dorr to notify the FDA and his colleagues of the failure rate.
According to numerous surgeons, the hip implants are failing due to inadequate testing, design flaws and cup failure; however, Zimmer Holdings’ stance on the reasons for failure is because the instructions for use/surgical technique instructions were inadequate, potentially leading to surgical errors that may include improper insertion, incorrect head sizes used, and inadequate physician training on proper implementation.
Types of Zimmer Hip Implants Side Effects
As with the Depuy Implant recall, patients fitted with the Durom hip or knee implants are experiencing numerous side effects, including:
- Pain around implant site, possibly radiating down to the back of the knee
- Pseudotumor, a false tumor (mass of inflamed cells and collected fluids)
- Vertigo (dizziness or spinning sensation)
- Vision loss
- Necrosis (tissue death)
- Bone loss
In addition, many are also experiencing metallosis, caused by metal shavings released into the body. The friction of the metal-on-metal implants release tiny particles of chromium and cobalt into the surrounding tissue, potentially causing an inflammatory reaction, or if absorbed into the blood stream, blood poisoning.
Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Replacement Recall Failure Indications
Patients with a failing implant may experience one or more of the following side effects:
- Difficulty standing and sitting
- Difficulty initiating a gait
- Difficulty in walking extended stretches
- Pain, potentially from the hip to the back of the knee
Zimmer Hip Replacement Mass Tort Lawsuits
The Zimmer Durom cup is not the only hip implant that has failed or caused serious complications. Other hip implants that can cause complications include:
- Stryker Rejuvenate
- Stryker ABGII modular hip implant
- DePuy ASR
- DePuy Pinnacle
- Wright Medical
- Biomet M2a metal-on-metal hip implant
Contact Hip Implant Attorneys if You Believe Your Zimmer Hip Implant is Failing
Contact a hip implant lawyer if you have suffered, or know anyone that has suffered with severe side effects from hip replacement implants, then you may be able to pursue a lawsuit settlement with a Burnetti P.A. lawyer. One of our hip replacement recall attorneys will sit down with you and answer your questions, or call us and talk to one of our attorneys about a lawsuit settlement for compensation for your pain, suffering, financial losses, and past, present and future medical expenses.
For additional information concerning hip implants problems of any type, contact a hip implant lawyer for a FREE consultation. Call today 1-888-BURNETTI.