Hip Revision Surgery
Due to the alarming number of Zimmer hip replacement problems reported, it has become necessary for many patients who received defective Zimmer hip implants to undergo painful and difficult corrective surgery, known as revision surgery. This pattern prompted a temporary suspension of Zimmer Durom Cup sales in 2008 and has resulted in continuous Zimmer Hip lawsuit filings ever since.
Reports of Zimmer Durom hip replacement problems began shortly after the cup component was introduced in 2006. Patients returned to their orthopedic surgeons complaining of pain, decreased mobility, and a sense that the replaced hip was loosening. After patients suffered for months and sometimes years, doctors started to suspect that the Zimmer product was defective. Surgeons began to recommend Zimmer hip revision surgery to their patients to correct the growing problem. These serious Zimmer hip problems led suspension of Zimmer Durom Cup sales in 2008.
Zimmer Durom hip implant failed to adhere to bone
The Zimmer Durom Cup component was designed to adhere to a patient’s hip bone, in effect cementing itself to the bone as new growth attached to the device’s porous surface. When surgeons performed Zimmer hip revision surgery to address the ongoing pain and suffering of their patients, the device’s failure was discovered. No attachment to the hip bone had occurred as expected. The recently replaced artificial hips were still loose in the patient’s body; many fell out the hip socket on the operating table, while the surgeon watched. Doctors soon realized that they could expect to see more Zimmer Durom hip revision surgery patients in the near future.
Hip revision surgery required to correct Zimmer hip problems
When a Zimmer hip replacement component fails to adhere to the existing bone, the device moves with every step a patient takes. Each unexpected movement of the Zimmer Durom cup inside the hip joint was helping to create a potential disaster. Existing bone was being damaged and destroyed through the friction created by the loose Zimmer hip replacement; not only were these patients suffering needless debilitating pain while the device was inside their body, but numerous recipients now faced a second surgery, known as ‘Zimmer hip revision surgery’ to correct the defect.
When a patient experiences hip replacement failure and the Zimmer replacement hip is removed and revised, damage to the remaining bone can cause additional difficulties. The surgeon now has a larger area that a new device must somehow fill; damaged bone also provides a compromised base on which to attach a second artificial hip. Patients who undergo Zimmer hip revision surgery to replace a defective Zimmer Durom cup are placed in needless danger from the surgery and face additional pain and suffering from the prolonged healing time. Because of the trauma they have suffered, through completed or anticipated revision surgeries, numerous patients have filed Zimmer Durom hip lawsuits.