Zimmer Durom Cup
Zimmer Durom Cup recall
Medical device manufacturers have experimented with many different techniques for creating hip replacement systems. When these products fail, however, they put thousands of patients at risk for injury, resulting in extreme pain, discomfort, and other more serious side effects. One such medical device is the Zimmer Inc. Durom Cup.
Zimmer is the nation’s largest manufacturer of implanted orthopedic devices, and their Durom Cup system was designed to allow a patient’s bone to heal naturally around the new, artificial joint. Rather than cementing or screwing the new hip into place, the Durom Cup was intended to aid the body’s natural healing process following surgery. The surface of the Durom Cup was porous and sprayed with an artificial substance designed to facilitate healing.
did not work as intended
Unfortunately for patients, The Durom Cup did not work as intended. In many patients, the device did not facilitate bone growth and healing. Instead of naturally adhering to the hip joint, the Durom Cup loosened and detached, causing excruciating pain and lack of mobility. To make matters worse, the metal-on-metal design of the artificial hip joint caused metallic fragments to splinter off into the surrounding bone and tissue every time the patients attempted to walk or put weight on their new hip replacement device.
Since its release in 2006, it is estimated that as many as 12,000 patients in the United States received the Zimmer Durom Cup hip replacement device. Zimmer temporarily suspended sales of the Durom Cup in July of 2008, but refused to admit any wrongdoing for the product’s defective design and implementation.
The combination of metal fragmentation and the improper healing mechanism of the Zimmer Durom Cup can lead to severe adverse side effects including:
- Severe hip and leg pain
- Cobalt and Chromium poisoning associated with Metallosis
- Tissue and bone death
- Drastically reduced mobility in the hip
When major medical device manufacturers market and promote a defective or inferior product, they put hundreds of thousands of potential consumers at risk. Doctors who prescribed the Zimmer Durom Cup were told that these devices would be safe and effective methods of returning mobility and comfort to their patients’ lives.
Zimmer Inc. is now facing legal action related to the marketing, advertising and design of the Durom Cup hip replacement system. If you or a loved one was harmed or required revision surgery after receiving a Durum Cup hip transplant, you will need an experienced legal team on your side to help aggressively pursue your rights as a victim.
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