The recent failures and recalls of the Durom Cup hip implant and DePuy’s ASR hip system, including the ASR XL Acetabular system and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, have brought the efficacy of hip implants into the public spotlight. It should be no surprise then that the failures of yet another hip implant are coming into focus.
A recent report out of the Australian Joint Registry found that the Profemur Z hip implant, manufactured by Wright Medical Technology, Inc. in Arlington, Tennessee, had an incredible 11.2% failure rate after three years. This particular hip device has a modular stem with two parts, which was expected to improve efficacy but which, in fact, is failing at an unacceptable rate.
In similar circumstances involving other hip implants, even at failure rates which were less than 11.2%, the FDA has issued mandatory recalls. In fact, the FDA’s adverse event reporting database indicates that there have been 10 failures of the Profemur Z Stem in the last five months alone according to a blog written by another firm investigating these cases. In light of this information, the FDA should recall this product and warn doctors and consumers immediately.
And now, another lawsuit was filed against a hip manufacturer claiming the Wright Profemur hip broke during regular activity and required painful revision surgery three years following its implant. According to the suit, the hip implaint is designed to be adjusted according to the patient’s leg length thereby allowing the system to bend easily. However, this feature also seems to be the cause of the increased risk of failure. The Wright Profemur Total Hip System includes the Conserve Plus, Cup, the Conserve Total Femoral Head, the Wright Modular Femoral Neck and the Profemur E Cementless Stem.
Please contact the attorneys at Pogust, Braslow & Millrood immediately if you or a family member have been implanted with one of these defective medical devices.