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Complications Reported for the Zimmer Hip Implant

Hip replacement surgery involves replacement of the femur head and a cup placed into the hip joint.  When the hip joint is replaced, the ball of the femur is removed and the socket is scraped, cleaned and lined with a cup.  One manufacturer of hip implants, Zimmer, has produced a defective hip prosthesis that has been recalled.  Zimmer Hip Complications can involve blood clots, respiratory failure, urination difficulty, joint infections, bone scarring, prosthetic fracture and loosening of the Acetabular cup.  You may want to contact a Zimmer hip attorney to see if you qualify for a Zimmer Hip Lawsuit.

Potential lawsuits are under investigation on behalf of patients who have experienced Zimmer Hip Complications. Healthcare providers have reported a number of problems with Zimmer hip replacements that have resulted in severe pain and the need for a second surgery for many patients.  Severe pain has been reported three months after hip replacement along with loosening of their Durom Cup.  The Zimmer Durom Cup component is a new type of artificial hip component introduced in the U.S. in 2006.  This Cup is designed to be used with Zimmer’s Metasul metal-on-metal Tribological Solution Large Diameter Heads.  Unlike the traditional hip replacement components, the Zimmer Durom Cup is made from a single piece of material.

Dr. Dorr, a prominent Los Angeles orthopedic surgeon, reported to the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons about Zimmer Hip Complications that he observed with his patients.  Many patients had loosening of their Zimmer Durom Cups.  Initially Zimmer ignored Dorr’s report but later in May 2008 decided to investigate Zimmer Hip Cup problems.  Zimmer concluded that these new implants require a greater degree of surgical precision that was required with other designs.  Zimmer felt that additional instructions and training should be provided to doctors before the devices are implanted. 

Zimmer Hip Implant Taken Off the Market    

Never the less, Zimmer decided to suspend sales in the U.S in July of 2008.  A Zimmer cup recall was not issued since they didn’t uncover any Zimmer Hip Complications in terms of a manufacturing defect.  Zimmer plans on reintroducing the Durom Cup after they develop instructions about special surgical techniques that doctors need to use to avoid Durom Cup problems.  Zimmer also indicated that they will implement a new training program for U.S. surgeons.

Over 12,000 Zimmer implants have been performed in the U.S.  Hundreds of these patients may experience loosening of the Zimmer Durom Cup and require a second surgery.  It is believed that Zimmer was negligent when they introduced a new product without providing adequate warnings or instructions about the proper use and surgical techniques required.  Due to Zimmer Hip Complications you may be interested in filing for a Zimmer Hip Lawsuit.

There is no way to predict when a failure will occur due to Zimmer Hip Complications.  However, if you have a defective implant your doctor will have to monitor you closely.  A number of patients who have had Zimmer Durom implants have reported having constant pain long after their surgery.  If you are concerned that you may have received a defective Zimmer Durom hip implant, you should contact your orthopedic surgeon to find out if the implant you have received is defective in some way.  You may require a second surgery to correct the problem.  If you have the second surgery done make sure the first implant is saved to provide evidence that it was defective so that it may be used in a Zimmer Hip Lawsuit

If you have experienced constant Zimmer implant hip pain, Zimmer hip replacement failure or any other Zimmer Hip Complications, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Zimmer hip replacement lawsuits are currently being filed across the country.

You May be entitled to Compensation, so act now.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of Zimmer Hip Implant, contact us now to speak with our qualified professionals about possible compensation.  Call us now at 877-222-7069 or use the contact form for a free case review.  

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