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Zimmer Hip Problems Part of a Bigger Problem

J. Cooper Carlisle | July 5th, 2011

Filing a Zimmer hip replacement lawsuit may offer a small consolation for individuals who have been fitted with the problematic Durom Cup. But Zimmer hip problems with the Durom Cup may be just a small symptom of a much bigger problem: metal-on-metal hip implants might just be unsafe.

Zimmer Hip problems only one of several

The Durom Cup is just one metal-on-metal component named in a recall or suspension of sales initiated by the FDA over the past several years involving hip implant failure. Last August, the FDA recalled DePuy Orthopaedics’ ASR metal-on-metal system, a ball-in-cup configuration found to shed dangerous metallic ions into the tissue and bloodstream.

Zimmer Hip replacement problems lead to Zimmer Hip replacement lawsuit

As a result of Zimmer hip problems, a number of Durom Cup recipients have required hip revision surgery and have filed a Zimmer hip implant lawsuit. Some plaintiffs have settled with the company, which has set aside nearly $150 million to compensate recipients of the device. Much more has been set aside to compensate more than 90,000 worldwide recipients of the ASR. Some experts believe lawsuits over metal-on-metal hip systems will be the largest product liability litigation of the decade.

In 2008, one 1 in 3 hip replacement patients received a metal-on-metal device. It is estimated that 500,000 Americans have received a metal-on-metal device over the past 10 years. More than 12,000 of those patients received the Durom Cup before it was temporarily pulled from the market in 2008. Only a small percentage of problematic devices involve Zimmer hip problems. Tens of thousands of metal-on-metal hip replacement patients could soon become involved in litigation.

FDA orders national implant survey on metal-on-metal hip implant problems

To combat the problem, the FDA has ordered that 21 orthopedic device manufacturers complete post-marketing surveys on metal-on-metal devices implanted in American patients. The study will involve 145 devices approved by the FDA or cleared through its controversial 510(k) process, which fast-tracks products based upon past safety of similar products. Both the ASR and the Durom Cup were cleared through the 510(k) process.

It may be only a matter of time before device manufacturers are barred from implanting new metal-on-metal systems. It was believed for a time that metal-on-metal extends the lifetime of a device and reduces the risk of implant dislocation. Recent data suggests this benefit is outweighed by the risk of metallosis and other complications that can have lifelong consequences on health.

People who experience Zimmer hip problems or complications with metal-on-metal systems should speak to an experienced Zimmer Hip lawyer about filing a Zimmer hip implant lawsuit. A Zimmer hip replacement lawsuit could be the best means of securing compensation for future medical costs and pain and suffering.