Zimmer Holdings, one of the nation's largest producers of orthopedic devices, announced in July of 2008 that it was suspending sales of its artificial hip implant component due to a high failure rates. The medical device, a hip socket known as the Zimmer Durom cup, was first sold in the U.S. in 2006 and has been implanted in an estimated 12,000 patients.
Zimmer apparently intended that the patient's own bone would grow into the exterior portion or shell of the cup to secure it in place. Rather than function in this intended manner, many lawsuits have contended that the Zimmer Durom Cup contains product defects wherein the implant resists bone growth and, instead of adhering to the bone surface, and comes loose or pops free and away from the hip, which can cause severe damage to the pelvic bone. This unintended result also causes devastating pain to the patient and necessitates a painful revision surgery to remove the failed Zimmer Durom Cup and replace it with a properly functioning device.
Contentions also directed toward the Zimmer Durom Cup underscore a failure to contain adequate information, instructions, and warnings concerning implantation of the product and the risks that the Zimmer Durom Cup can loosen and separate from the acetabulum in patients.
The attorneys at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation are currently handling such matters. If you or a loved one has been experiencing problems associated with a Zimmer Durom Cup, contact us to determine your legal rights.