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Louisiana Woman’s Zimmer Durom Cup “Spins Out” During Revision Surgery

Shay Morrigan | October 9th, 2012

Louisiana resident Janis Adams filed a new Zimmer hip lawsuit on September 4, 2012. Her Zimmer hip lawyer filed the case in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

Adams claims that after she was implanted with the Zimmer Durom Cup, she suffered serious injuries that significantly reduced her quality of life. She seeks to hold the manufacturer liable.

Zimmer hip lawyer notes injuries from Durom Cup

According to her Zimmer hip implant lawsuit, Adams went through total hip replacement surgery on February 6, 2008. After the surgery, she states she experienced problems including intense pain, difficulty standing, and difficulty walking and sitting. She adds that the pain was constant, severe, and debilitating.

Doctors tried conservative measures to alleviate her problems, but these were not successful. On September 3, 2010, Adams sought treatment from another orthopedic surgeon. According to the complaint drawn up by Adams’ Zimmer hip lawyer, the surgeon performed x-rays and noted “radiolucent gaps” in various zones around the implant.

Adams had to undergo revision surgery on March 23, 2011, to have the Zimmer Durom Cup replaced. During the surgery, the surgeon tapped on the medial aspect of the acetabular component, and after four light blows, the cup “spun out.”

“There was a failure of bony integration and failure of fixation of the cup to the bone causing the patient to experience pain and suffering for years,” the Zimmer hip lawsuit states.

No Zimmer hip replacement recall

Adams notes in her complaint that at no time was she or her physicians told, warned, or given information about the higher risks of loosening with the Zimmer Durom Cup. Yet the device has been the subject of controversy for some time. In 2008, for instance, the company temporarily suspended sales of the implant. Zimmer used the time to investigate reports of problems with the device, but seeing no evidence to justify a Zimmer hip replacement recall, re-released it a month later with updated surgical instructions.

The Durom Cup is not cemented or screwed into place during implantation. Instead, it was designed to bond to the patient’s hipbone. The outside of the cup is porous, and has been sprayed with a highly engineered substance that is intended to facilitate the cup’s acceptance by the human body. The patient’s own bone is supposed to grow into the exterior shell of the cup, which is then intended to hold the cup in place.

Unfortunately, as noted by orthopedic surgeons and patients, the implant resists bone growth. Instead of adhering to the bone, it comes loose and/or pops free from the hip, which can cause damage to the pelvic bone. This causes extreme pain and often necessitates revision surgery to remove the cup and replace it with another one.

Plaintiff seeks compensation in Zimmer hip lawsuit

Adams brings counts of strict liability, failure to warn, defective design, negligence, breach of warranties, and negligent misrepresentation. Her husband claims loss of consortium.