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Arkansas Man Claims Problems with Two Zimmer Durom Cups

Shay Morrigan | September 11th, 2012

Arkansas resident Morris Reynolds, represented by his Zimmer hip lawyer, filed a new lawsuit against Zimmer, Inc. on September 4, 2012. The case is pending in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas.

Morris claims that after being implanted with the Zimmer Durom Cup, he suffered serious injuries. Though Zimmer suspended sales of the Durom cup in 2008, they never issued a recall, and injured patients have continued to seek a Zimmer hip case evaluation.

Zimmer hip implant recall?

According to the complaint drawn up by his Zimmer hip lawyer, Reynolds was implanted with the Durom cup in his left hip on January 26, 2007. He had another Zimmer Durom cup implanted in his right hip near the end of the year on December 7, 2007. He claims that in both surgeries, his surgeons and medical staff met or exceeded the applicable standard of care.

It was about seven months later that Zimmer temporarily suspended sales of the Durom Cup. On July 22, 2008, Zimmer announced the sales suspension to investigate reports of problems with the implants. A month later, the company announced that they had found “no evidence of a defect in the materials, manufacturer or design of the implant.” For this reason, they chose not to issue a Zimmer hip implant recall, but instead re-released the product on the market with updated surgical instructions.

Plaintiff and Zimmer hip lawyer claim implant problems

Around November 2010, Reynolds claims he began experiencing problems with the implants, including difficulty standing, a stiff gait, difficulty walking, and back pain. He adds that he continues to have hip problems and pain today, and states that he will need future medical care and treatment.

Patients seeking a Zimmer hip case evaluation

Patients continue to seek a Zimmer hip case evaluation because of serious side effects. According to their allegations, symptoms like those suffered by Mr. Reynolds show up two-to-five years after implantation.

Critics believe that the implant has caused problems for patients because the cup is not cemented or screwed in place during implantation. Instead, it’s intended to bond to the patient’s bone. The outside of the cup is porous and is sprayed with a “plasma spray” that’s intended to facilitate the body’s acceptance of the cup, and to encourage the patients’ own bone to grow into the shell of the cup.

Unfortunately, in some cases, this bony ingrowth does not occur, resulting in a premature loosening of the implant, or a cup that actually pops free of the hip.

Patients undergoing a Zimmer hip case evaluation will typically be advised to secure their medical records, surgical reports, and the lot number of their particular implant to be used as evidence.

Through his Zimmer hip lawyer, Reynolds brings counts of design and manufacturing defect, failure to warn, negligence, and breach of warranties. His wife claims loss of consortium.