Zimmer Hip Recall

Zimmer Hip Recall

In July 2008, a  suspension of Zimmer Durom Cup sales was temporarily issued by the company due to an unusually high incidence of reported hip problems. Plaintiffs filing lawsuits against the Indiana-based orthopedic device maker assert the company should have stopped selling its Durom Cup Implant much earlier, as doctors had known for years that the Zimmer device was susceptible to premature hip failure.  The device manufacturer disagreed and the placed the Durom Cup back on the market within a few months.

Orthopedist alarmed by Zimmer hip problems

The temporary Zimmer hip replacement recall was due in large part to the efforts of one influential orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Larry Dorr, who had performed more than 3,500 hip and knee replacements in the past decade, witnessed an unacceptably high failure rate among patients he had fitted with the Zimmer Durom Cup, a device that hit the US market in 2006.

Many Zimmer hip recipients experienced difficulty walking. Some experienced excruciating pain only weeks after the Zimmer hip device had been implanted. Dorr contacted the device maker, suggesting a Zimmer hip implant recall might be the best course of action for the company and those affected by the faulty device.

Although many Zimmer hip problems were reported, Zimmer shrugged off Dr. Dorr’s report, rejecting the possibility of a Zimmer hip replacement recall. Luckily for Dr. Dorr’s patients and the approximately 12,500 Zimmer hip recipients in the United States, the surgeon did not give up.

Zimmer Hip Problems Include:

  • Failure of hip implant to bond with bone
  • Unexpected movement of joint in hip socket
  • Loosening of the hip implant
  • Damage to surrounding bone
  • Prolonged healing time
  • Second surgery to correct faulty hip device

In early 2008, Dr. Dorr shared his Durom Cup Implant concerns with the world. He wrote a letter to the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), a collection of one thousand of the most influential orthopedic surgeons in the world, publicizing the danger posed by the Zimmer Durom Cup.

Finally, in July, 2008 the device maker bowed to pressure brought on by Dr. Dorr’s letter, announced that it was suspending sales of the devices in the United States pending further investigation by the company. Zimmer later denied liability and put the product back on the market, thereby exposing the company to the current trend of lawsuits now in courts all over the country.

The company never issued a formal Zimmer hip implant recall. At this point, it remains to be seen if they ever will.

Zimmer hip lawsuits filed against manufacturer

Despite the resolve exhibited by Zimmer to keep the Durom Cup in the U.S. market, patients continue to suffer the same hip problems made public by Dr. Dorr soon after the initial surgery.

Today, dozens of Zimmer Durom Cup recipients are recovering from painful hip revision surgery that they have undergone since the Zimmer hip replacement. Many patients have filed Zimmer hip lawsuits against the device maker. As of last June, 45 Zimmer hip lawsuits had been filed in US federal courts. Today, that count is significantly greater, and will likely grow even larger over time.