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Metal-on-Metal Data May Support a Zimmer Hip Replacement Lawsuit

J. Cooper Carlisle | July 15th, 2011

People considering a Zimmer hip replacement lawsuit may soon get evidence in their favor in the form of results from a post marketing study ordered by the FDA.

In early May, the FDA ordered that 21 orthopedic device manufacturers submit post-marketing reports on 145 potentially defective metal-on-metal hip replacement systems currently on the market to gather data on hip implant failure. The Zimmer Durom Cup is one of those metal-on-metal components under scrutiny. Zimmer Inc. may deliver performance and failure data on the device before the year ends.

Is the Durom Cup a defective implant component?

It is anyone’s guess exactly what that data will show, but some experts believe the Durom Cup is defective, with a failure rate requiring hip revision surgery of nearly 10 percent after just a few years. Any failure rate above 5 percent is considered problematic. The devices are supposed to last 15 years or more.

In 2008, the Durom Cup was involved in a temporary Zimmer hip implant recall due to these concerns. After updating the surgical instructions packaged with the device, Zimmer Inc. remarketed the Durom Cup a few months after the Zimmer hip implant recall. The device continues to be marketed today.

Temporary Zimmer Hip implant recall

Nearly every Zimmer hip lawyer says that temporary recall wasn’t enough. Many say the device should have been pulled for good. And many Zimmer hip lawyers think the FDA action is too little, too late. Unlike Sweden, Australia and other countries, there is no orthopedic registry in the United States. There is no database that tracks in real-time the performance of devices such as that involved in the Zimmer hip implant recall. The metal-on-metal data delivered by Zimmer Inc. and the 20 other companies may be the straw that breaks the FDA’s back on finally instituting a national joint registry.

The FDA has not said just when that data must be delivered or if it will be available for public analysis. That probably won’t stop new plaintiffs from filing a Zimmer hip replacement lawsuit over injuries suffered due to the Durom Cup and other metal-on-metal systems.