Posted On: March 6, 2012 by Derek T. Braslow

Wright's Conserve Hips May Be Latest of Failures of Metal on Metal Hips

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) has created a new MDL for Wright Medical “Conserve” hip implant cases in the United States District Court of Georgia for the Northern District. Plaintiffs’ counsel argued that more than 200 Wright patients have reported adverse events associated with the Wright Conserve system hip implants. Further, the defects alleged in the Wright Conserve hip are similar to those alleged in the DePuy ASR Device, which has a pending MDL in the Northern District of Ohio.

Last year, the New York Times reported that “All metal on metal replacement hips are on a trajectory to become the biggest and most costly medical implant problem since 2007.” Metal on metal hips lack a protective liner allowing the metal head and the metal socket to grind against each other, thus creating the potential for multiple complications.

While traditional hip replacements are said to last 15 years or more, metal on metal hips are failing after only a few years, according to a New York Times article. A metal on metal hip failure can lead to multiple problems including; pain, swelling, and difficulty with mobility. Perhaps the biggest concern regarding metal on metal hips, are the potential release of metal particles into the body. The metal particles can lead to metal toxicity, soft tissue damage, metallosis, and pseudotumores.

The Wright Conserve Hip System may be the next metal on metal hip system to be recalled by the FDA. This system was granted approval under the FDA’s 510(k) system, which allows a new medical device to be approved based on its similarity to an already accepted device. The Wright Conserve Hip system was based on Depuy ASR Hip, which was recalled by the FDA in 2010 due to its early failure rate.

If you or a loved one has experienced problems resulting from a metal on metal hip replacement, like Wright’s Conserve Hip System, please contact Pogust Braslow & Millrood for a free consultation to make sure that your rights are protected.

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