Zimmer Hip Replacement | Zimmer Hip Replacement Problems

Patients with Zimmer Hip Replacement Problems Urged To Register

J. Cooper Carlisle | February 1st, 2011

Patients throughout the United States who have experienced Zimmer Hip replacement problems are urged to voluntarily register with the American Joint Replacement Registry, founded by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in March 2009. Before then, there was no United States national database of joint replacement surgeries. Hip replacement patients who have experienced complications with other hip replacement devices, in addition to Zimmer Hip problems are also being urged to register.

Zimmer Hip problems database in other countries

Artificial joint replacement is tracked by national databases in other countries, including Australia, Britain, Norway and Sweden. Early replacement problems are magnified in the United States because of the large number of replacement procedures that take place here. Nearly one million hips and knees were used last year, about half of the world’s total.

“We are No. 1 both as a provider and user of implants,” said Dr. John J. Callaghan, a professor of orthopedics at the University of Iowa. “We should be the leader in the follow-up of them.”

The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for monitoring devices like artificial joints. But the FDA is often overwhelmed by the tremendous number of products it monitors, and because doctors often underreport problems.

Zimmer Hip complications not the only ones

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ nationwide hip replacement registry is not associated with any replacement hip manufacturer or government agency and was created to independently collect data. Registration with them will enable the registry to become aware of hip replacement problems and hip failure rates relating to specific brands and models of hip and joint replacements, and facilitate early detection and correction of potential problems.

Serious hip replacement problems exist
with the following devices:

  • Zimmer Durom Replacement Acetabular Component
  • Zimmer Durom Cup
  • Depuy Orthopedic’s ASR XL Acetabular System
  • Depuy Orthopedic’s ASR Hip Resurfacing System
  • Stryker Corporation’s Trident PSL
  • Stryker Corporation’s Hemispherical Acetabular Cups.

Zimmer Hip replacement complications include:

  • Implant dislocation
  • Bone loss
  • Loosening of the implant
  • Revision surgery

Approximately 250,000 people undergo hip replacement surgery each year in the United States and although most of the cases are successful, there have been higher than normal failure rates with the systems listed. All Zimmer hip replacement surgery patients, regardless of the manufacturer of their particular hip replacement are being urged to register their information so problems and failure rates can be evaluated.