Wright Medical Profemur Total Hip System Implant Failures
While Wright Medical claims that its Profemur Z hip replacement is designed to replace all parts of the hip damaged due to degenerative joint diseases such as osteoarthritis, traumatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and dysplasia, it has come under recent scrutiny for complications and failures.
The Food and Drug Administration has received increased patient complaints of catastrophic and adverse affects of the Wright Profemur Total Hip System implant manufactured by Wright Medical, Inc., due to manufacturing defects and product design flaws. The Profemur’s flexible modular neck design makes it too easy for the neck portion to bend, fracture, and eventually break.
The Wright Profemur Total Hip System is a metal-on-metal medical device where the hip implant is inserted into the hip ball and socket. The modular implant is comprised of a femoral stem, a modular neck, and a femoral head mated with an artificial acetabular cup.
Metal-on-metal implants are supposed to last 15 to 20 years but replacement surgery is now being needed within the first three to five years. New data has also revealed that certain models of the modular neck (Conserve Plus Cup, Conserve Total Femoral Head, Wright Modular Femoral Neck, Profemur E Cementless Stem, and Wright Profemur Z Femoral Stem) may suddenly and without warning break a few years after being implanted. According data reported to the Australian Orthopaedic Association, the early failure rate of the Wright Medical Profemur Z may be as high as 11.2%, well above industry averages.
Complications associated with the Wright Profemur Z Hip Replacement Implants include:
- Severe hip, thigh, or groin pain
- Difficulty standing or walking
- Migrating/loosening of the hip implant
- Femoral neck fracture
Another major concern of the metal-on-metal Wright Profemur Z Hip Replacement and the DePuy ASR Hip Implant is metal toxicity. Medical studies have shown that the release of metal particles (chromium and cobalt) result in metal toxicity in the patient’s blood, soft tissue, and bone tissue, causing serious complications like sight and hearing loss and nerve damage.
The experienced defective product and product liability attorneys at Zimmerman & Frachtman defend and seek justice for victims of defective medical products. If you have experienced complications after being implanted with a Wright Profemur Z Hip Replacement implant, you may be able to file a claim for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
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