Zimmer Hip Implants
Zimmer Holdings Inc. is a manufacturer of a number of hip replacement devices and parts. In 2014, the company bought Biomet, another hip implant manufacturer. The Zimmer company debuted a new hip implant technology in 2006 that used four parts instead of three to better mimic a patient’s actual hip. Some of these products used metal on metal technology, which has been shown to have serious adverse effects on a patient’s health.
Why Was There A Zimmer Hip Implant Recall?
Zimmer’s most problematic hip product is the Durom Acetabular Component, also referred to as the Durom Cup. It is intended to be a replacement for a natural acetabulum (cavity at the bottom of the hipbone shaped like a cup) and is made from a cobalt chromium metal alloy. The Zimmer hip implant was designed to improve range of motion and was often targeted to younger patients due to its durability.
The cup technology intended to replace the ball and socket in the hip was shown to slip out of place and cause excessive pain and damage to patients, which forced the Zimmer hip implant recall.
What Are The Dangers For Patients With Zimmer Hip Implants?
In 2008, the Zimmer hip implant recall began a mere two years after its introduction to the market, when a nationally recognized orthopedic surgeon reported problems with the Durom cup and how the device could fail in as little as a few months. He cited three problems with the Zimmer Hip Implants:
- Loose implants required revision during the first year after surgery.
- The fixation surface of the hip implant was not adequate.
- A circular cutting surface on the edge of the hip implant prevented it from seating properly.
After the brief recall in 2008, Zimmer initiated updated surgical training on the device. Zimmer then returned the Durom Cup hip implant to the market, where it is still implanted in patients.
In addition to needing replacement and corrective surgery due to the defective Zimmer hip implants, patients can also experience:
- Pain and sensitivity
- Limited mobility
- Metallosis or metal poisoning
- Many other symptoms
Zimmer Hip Implant Recall Lawyers
As part of the Zimmer hip implant recall, the company set aside $69 million to settle claims that met specific requirements, but there is limited time to act. If you or someone you know are concerned about the Zimmer hip implant recall or other defective medical devices, call us toll free at 1-888-902-6245 for a free consultation to discuss your case.