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Zimmer Hip Implant

 Zimmer Hip Implant Side Effects

A Zimmer Hip Implant involves surgery where damaged cartilage and bone is replaced in the hip and femur with artificial materials.  The hip joint is made up of a ball and socket where the ball of the femur (leg) connects with the socket of the hip.  When the hip joint is replaced, the ball of the femur is removed and the socket is scraped, cleaned and lined with a cup.  Then, what is left of the femur is replaced with a ball that is attached to a stem that is inserted into the femur and anchored.  Some hip replacements use cement known as methylmethacrylate to affix the prosthesis into the femur permanently.  Other procedures do not use cement but rather the implant has been altered with a plasma coating that contains pores on the surface that allows for bone growth into the surface allowing for bone-to-implant attachment.  Surgeons believe that cementless implants have greater longevity in particular for younger patients.  There have been a number of reports from physicians and patients on Zimmer Hip Complications.

Hip replacement complications include blood clots in the veins of the lower leg, pulmonary embolism, respiratory failure, shock, urination problems, skin or joint infections, fracture of the femur or hipbone, scarring of bone, improper joint motion, loosening of the implant, heart arrhythmias, liver damage, production of joint debris, pseudotumors and femur fracture.  Hip implant side effects vary depending on the type of hip implant you receive and how well your surgery goes.

Need for a second Surgury

If you experienced constant pain after a Zimmer Hip Implant, you may need to contact your surgeon to find out if the surgery has failed.  Zimmer Hip Complications involve broken femoral heads and/or loose Durom Cups.  The first few weeks may be uncomfortable but after that your pain should subside.  It has been reported that if your Zimmer Hip Implant breaks you should hear a popping sound and them pain ensues.  You may experience Zimmer Hip Implant pain without the implant breaking.  If your Zimmer Hip Implant breaks or your Durom Cup comes loose you will need a second surgery to replace your first implant.  There is no way to predict when implant failure will occur because of a defective Zimmer Hip Implant. However, if you experience Zimmer Hip Complications your doctor will have to monitor you closely.  A number of patients who have had a Zimmer Hip Implant have reported having constant pain long after their surgery.  If you are concerned that you may experience Zimmer Hip Complications, you should contact your orthopedic surgeon to find out if you received a defective Zimmer Hip Implant.  You may require a second surgery to correct the problem.  If you have a second surgery make sure you save the first implant because it can provide evidence that your Zimmer Hip Implant was defective.  In July of 2008, Zimmer recalled their Zimmer Durom implant due to high failure rate particularly with the Durom Cup component.

If you have experienced constant Zimmer Hip Implant pain due to Zimmer Hip Complications such as prosthetic fracture or a loose Durom Cup, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Zimmer Hip Implant 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 a 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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