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Lawyers / Attorneys: Evaluating Nationwide Zimmer Durom® Hip Implant Injuries

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The Fox Law Firm is Reviewing Potential Zimmer Durom® Cup Claims. 

Zimmer Holdings suspended sales of the Durom® Cup in July 2008, after the alleged failure of the implant required additional surgeries.

The Durom® Cup is the socket implant of the ball-and-socket apparatus that forms an artificial hip joint. This implant has been linked to severe hip replacement complications, and if you had hip replacement surgery between 2006 and 2008, you will definitely want to check your doctor’s medical records and verify whether or not a Durom® Cup was implanted.

“Zimmer has received some reports of persistent post-operative pain, dislocation, and loosening of the acetabular implant leading to revision surgery.” Letter from Zimmer to Sandra Williams, FDA Compliance Officer on July 31, 2008.

What is Hip Replacement Surgery?

Hip replacements – which can also be referred to as hip arthroplasty - are surgical procedures in which the joint of the patient’s hip is replaced by a prosthetic implant. 

Such joint replacement orthopaedic surgery is usually undertaken to offer relief from arthritic pain, or to fix severe, physical damage to the joint as part of hip-fracture treatment.

In the long term, a number of problems may surface. 

An inflammatory process that causes bone resorption, as well as subsequent loosening or fracture, can occur, and which may result in the need for further surgery. 

Hard, ceramic-bearing surfaces are currently being utilized, in the hope that the patient may experience less wear, reduced osteolysis, and more satisfactory long-term results.

About the Durom® Cup

Manufactured by Zimmer Holdings, the nation’s largest manufacturer of orthopedic medical devices, the Durom® Cup (officially known as the Durom® Acetabulum Component) was approved for use in the U.S. in 2006. It had been in use in international markets since 2001, with excellent clinical results.

Before the product was taken off the market, it is estimated that more than 12,000 Durom® Hip Cups had been implanted into patients.

When would the Durom® Cup be Used in Hip Replacement?

Described in the Zimmer literature as an “anatomic, forged high-carbon CoCr mono block acetabular shell”, the Durom® Acetabular Cup is intended for use in patients with:

  • Noninflammatory degenerative joint disease such as Avascular necrosis (bone death caused by poor blood supply) or arthritis  
  • Inflammatory joint disease (rheumatoid arthritis)

It is also prescribed for conditions needing a longer-lasting fix, such as replacements for previously failed replacement surgery.

Signs the Durom® Cup Implant may be Failing

The following symptoms have appeared after Durom® Cup implantation from 3 to 22 months after the operation, and could potentially show up much later:

  •  Surgery does not relieve pain
  •  Leg is not stable; feels like it might give out on you
  • Something feels loose in the hip
  • When rising from a chair, pain and stiffness
  • When moving upright, sharp pain in the groin
  • Less pain when at rest
  • Limping, little endurance when climbing stairs

Sometimes it Looks like Nothing is Wrong

There is another frustrating effect noted by the doctors reporting the Durom® Cup failure: the x-rays can look as if nothing is wrong.

Potential Problems Associated with Durom® Cup Implantation

In the FDA report, these doctors reported the following potential outcomes of implantation with the Durom® Cup:

  • The cup loosening in the body
  • Lack of bonding to bone (lack of ingrowth)
  • Revision surgery needed
  • Infection
  • Reports of cup being too small
  • Pain
  • Osteolysis (loose particles make the bone grow away from the implant)
  • Lesions

If you or a loved one has been surgically implanted with a Durom® cup, please contact us immediately for a free consultation.

You may not experience failure of the device for some time after surgery.

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