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Wright Hip Lawsuits
Patients undergoing total hip replacements using the Wright Medical Profemur implant did so to receive an elevated quality of life. Many were under the assumption that the implant would provide many years of use, free of any pain or discomfort.
Unfortunately, this hip implant has an elevated failure rate that often requires additional surgeries to remove or replace the medical device. As a result, many patients have filed a Wright hip lawsuit to receive financial compensation for their pain and suffering.
Issues Arising With Wright Profemur Hip
The hip replacement manufacturer, Wright Medical Technology, offers a variety of components in their Profemur Hip System. These products include various parts of hip replacement components such as the cup and femoral neck, stem and head. Many of the components of the Profemur system fail within years after surgery, often forcing patients to undergo serious revision surgeries in an effort to remove these devices. Other known complications associated with the hip system include:
- Fretting where the implant surface corrodes or wears
A Defective Design
Wright hip components have medical issues that are similar to MOM (metal on metal) hip replacement devices. Many of these include:
- Excessive friction causing heat between the metal ball and cup causing metal wear debris
- Increased friction on the acetabular cup and femoral head causing metal toxicity through wear and tear
- The production of metal ions from metal shedding and degradation, producing high levels of chromium and cobalt released in the body
Constant friction between the metal femoral head and metal acetabular cup tend to release microscopic metal particles into the bloodstream and soft tissue surrounding the hip. The elevated metal levels of chromium and cobalt ions often produce a high level of metal toxicity. Over time, these toxic compounds can generate significant health problems that include rashes, necrosis, cardiac issues and other adverse reactions.
Significant Physical Problems
The Wright hip implants generate significant physical problems on patients after just a few months following surgery. This includes loosening of the hip implant, bone fractures, and metallosis. Physical problems associated with the implants include:
- Difficulty when walking or standing
- Popping or crunching noise
- Hip dislocation and/or fracture
- Necrosis, infections, and tissue inflammation
- Severe pain
Metallosis caused by the hip implant is often generated by metallic particles released in the body through the bloodstream and surrounding tissue. Often times, patients experience ALVAL “aseptic lymphocytic vasculitis associated lesions” from heavy metal toxicity. As a result, patients usually experience significant bone fractures caused by a variety of factors that include:
- Loosening hip replacement that tends to lead to fractures
- Lack of necessary bone growth that leads to the loosening of hip replacement components because the device is not secured with screws
- Inhibited growth of new bone material as a result of metal ions
Lack of Safety Testing
The manufacturer was quick to bring the product to market, and thereby avoided routine clinical safety tests, designed to ensure its effectiveness and safety for every customer. Instead, Wright brought the product to market through the “510 (K)” route. By avoiding clinical testing, the manufacturer sidestepped many of the hurdles associated with approval of medical device use. Patients filing a Wright hip lawsuit have usually been successful when the case is built on the manufacturer putting the safety of the consumer at risk in an effort to quickly garner profits.
Many times, patients were not made aware of the significant health risks associated with receiving a Wright hip replacement before agreeing to the surgery. Within a few months to years, patients can experience metal toxicity, hip detachment or premature loosening and significant pain.
Patients that have undergone revision or replacement surgery to manage a defective hip implant, or know it must be replaced, should contact experienced product liability attorneys. If proven that the device was defective, huge settlements can be awarded to injured patients receiving faulty hip implants manufactured by Wright Medical Technology.
Drug Law Center at (888) 424-5757 offers a free consultation and evaluation of every claim involving hip implants. The attorneys can file a Wright hip lawsuit on behalf of any patient experiencing medical complications or problems involving their hip replacement. Our attorneys working on product liability claims provide services on a contingency fee agreement. This means no fees are paid unless financial compensation is obtained.