Zimmer Hip Implants

Zimmer Hip Implant Lawsuits

Our product liability lawyers are reviewing Zimmer Durom Cup hip implant cases for potential lawsuits and settlements.  Zimmer hip replacement sales were halted after doctors reported a high occurrence of need for revisions and further hip surgery.  If you have suffered Zimmer hip implant side effects, contact an RxRecall.com attorney today.

The Zimmer Durom Cup hip implant has been marketed in the United States since 2006.  Approximately 12,500 patients have been implanted with the device.  The Durom Cup is primarily used in the United States in Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA) surgeries and has been used abroad for hip resurfacings.

Sales of the Zimmer Durom Cup were suspended in July 2008 after reports that the cup was defective and failed to bond in many patients which required the patients to undergo painful revision surgeries.

If you have experienced Zimmer hip implant side effects, contact the product liability lawyers at RxRecall.com.  An experienced Zimmer hip implant attorney can help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled.

Background on the Problems with the Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Implant

Zimmer, Inc. designed and marketed the Zimmer Durom Cup hip replacement cup for use in young, active patients who are likely to outlive a conventional hip implant.  Unfortunately, these cups are failing at much higher than expected rate.

These problems became public in spring of 2008 when a highly respected orthopedic researcher and surgeon, Larry Dorr, MD, reported that a very high rate of Durom Cup hip replacements implanted at his clinic needed to be surgically removed and replaced within two years of implantation.

In an April 22, 2008, letter to his colleagues at the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, Dr. Dorr wrote:

“This failure rate has occurred within the first two years. In the first year the x-rays looked perfect. We have revised four that did not have any radiolucent lines or migration (and John Moreland revised one). These early cups fooled us, but the symptoms were so classic for a loose implant that we operated the patients. When we hit on the edge of the cup it would just pop free. As time goes by the cups begin developing radiolucent lines. We now have one cup at two years that has actually migrated a short distance. It has tilted into varus. We do not believe the fixation surface is good on these cups. Also there is a circular cutting surface on the periphery of the cup that we believe prevents the cup from fully seating. We stopped using the cup after the first revisions.”

Zimmer Briefly Suspends Sales of the Durom Cup Hip Implant

Three months later, on July 22, 2008, Zimmer finally suspended sales of its Durom Cup hip implant, and sent a letter to surgeons and patients recommending that doctors monitor patients’ Durom hips closely.

  • Zimmer has blamed problems on surgeon error rather than on their product, but the facts suggest otherwise.
  • According to Dr. Dorr, a paid Zimmer consultant who has implanted thousands of hip replacement devices over the years, more than 8 percent of his Zimmer Durom Cup hip implants patients required surgery within two years and as time goes by the number of device failures may continue to increase.
  • As of July of 2008, at least 12,000 patients in the United States had Zimmer Durom cups implanted in their hips.
  • Following a very brief sales suspension, Zimmer again began selling the Durom Cup hip implant and continues to sell it to this day.

Contact an RxRecall.com Zimmer Hip Implant Attorney

An experienced Zimmer Hip implant attorney – one familiar with potential Zimmer hip replacement side effects and with the product liability laws that protect you as a consumer – can help obtain fair compensation.  We have extensive experienced with dangerous drug cases.  We can help you too.

If you contact our Zimmer hip implant lawyers for a free consultation, please bring the following information: prescription records, medical records, diagnosis of any Zimmer hip implant side effects, insurance claim forms, any correspondence with your doctor, any correspondence with your insurance company, as well as any bills or records of costs that you have incurred.

Our Zimmer hip implant lawyers will represent you intelligently and aggressively.  To speak with a trial-tested product liability attorney, contact RxRecall.com today.  We will protect your rights.

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