26 December 2009

Is Your Hip Replacement Helping Your Mobility?

You've had your hip replaced and expected that you would be able to do the things you used to do being free from pain. But your surgery was not the success that you had hoped for. Recently there have been many issues on Zimmer Durom cup replacements used for hip surgeries. Defective hip replacement devices are going into litigation across the country due to specific manufacturing defects.

Many people who have had a Durom Cup hip replacement are experiencing problems due to failures with the hip cup. In 2008, an orthopedic surgeon saw that a high percentage of those that had the cup implanted needed to have surgery within two years of receiving the implant. Usually within the first year there were no problems. As time went by, the cups began developing "radiolucent lines".

In July, 2008, Zimmer suspended (temporarily) sales of the Zimmer Durom cup types and urged surgeons and patients to monitor the devices. Many people who are suffering are seeking attorneys for litigation against the manufacture (not the surgeon). Attorneys need to be experienced with medical liability issues and will obtain surgical records to see if your replacement was one of the suspended products based on the product and lot number. As the Zimmer Company continues to blame the failure rate on surgeons, the number of patients with problems is increasing.