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Dr. Larry Dorr Advocates Computer-Assisted Hip Surgery

Staff Writer | June 23rd, 2011

Dr. Larry Dorr, the physician who first drew attention to problems with the Zimmer Durom Cup, thinks there will soon be a better way to perform total hip replacement surgery.

He, along with a number of other orthopedic surgeons want to bring computers into the operating room to see where surgeons can’t see and cut where they can’t cut.

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“Once surgeons are comfortable with having a machine in the operating room, it will spread like wildfire because it helps make the procedure more accurate and precise,” Dr. Dorr says in an article published this week in Becker’s Orthopedic & Spine Review.

“We’ve got a lot of great hip surgeons, but the problem with hip surgeons operating on their own is that it’s all dependent on their instinct and intuition. If that’s all we have, then we are going to make human errors.”

Surgical errors are just one type of complication that makes total hip replacement one of the more complex orthopedic procedures performed in hospitals today. Also contributing to the complexity of the operation is the size of the bones and mass of the tissue involved. But, maybe most concerning is the quality of hip replacement products.

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Dr. Dorr has firsthand knowledge of hip implant shortcomings. In 2008, he wrote a letter to orthopedic surgeons across the country after he found a particular component manufactured by Zimmer to cause hip implant failure and hip revision surgery in a high percentage of patients fitted with the device. The product, an acetabular component called the Durom Cup, was soon implicated in a temporary suspension of sales, mistaken by many to have been a Zimmer hip recall.

Today, many Durom Cup recipients have filed a Zimmer hip implant lawsuit against the company, one of the largest medical device manufacturers in the world. Some of those Zimmer hip implant lawsuits have been answered with settlements. To date, Zimmer has set aside nearly $150 million to compensate recipients of the Durom Cup.

Computer-assisted surgery may not speak to Dr. Dorr’s original critique of what he suggested had been a faulty product in the Durom Cup.  However his recommendation does give hope to patients who choose any number of various hip replacement devices in the future, that with the use of computers, the procedure can get more precise and safer than ever before.