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Injury Lawsuit Filed in Texas Court over Defective Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Implant Component

Feb 5, 2013

A man, along with his wife, have filed a lawsuit against the makers of the Durom Cup metal-on-metal hip implant component part, believing that it is defective and contributed to numerous injuries that have required revision surgery to correct.

This is the latest claim to label the Durom Cup, manufactured by Zimmer Holdings, as defective and likely to cause serious injuries that require revision surgeries to correct. The lawsuit filed by the couple in January was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. According to a release announcing the lawsuit, this is just the latest to claim that the Zimmer Durom Cup is defective and likely to cause recipients to suffer serious injuries.

Sales of the Durom Cup hip implant component were suspended in 2008 by Zimmer after numerous recipients of the device complained that it was likely to cause loosening of their hip implant. Before sales were suspended, more than 12,000 people were fitted with the Durom Cup implant component.

The Durom Cup is intended to be used with the Zimmer Metasul Metal-on-Metal Tribological Solution Large Diameter Head (LDH) component that is designed to replace the neck of the femur. The Cup component is fitted into the socket joint of the hip bone to form the metal-on-metal hip implant.

Like other similar devices, including full metal-on-metal hip implants, the Durom Cup is made of a cobalt chromium alloy and when it comes in direct contact with the other metal component part, it is likely to shed microscopic particles into a recipient’s bloodstream that could lead to organ and tissue damage, especially surrounding the defective implant and its defective component parts.

The Food and Drug Administration warned earlier this year that metal-on-metal hip implants were the source of numerous complaints from recipients of the devices, including the Durom Cup component part. Specifically, the agency addressed the concerns with metal poisoning caused by this class of medical devices. In its warning, the FDA notes, “Soft tissue damage may lead to pain, implant loosening, device failure and the need for revision surgery.”

Many recipients of the Durom Cup implant part were told that their device would last longer than a traditional hip implant that uses ceramic or plastic parts. It was only months for many recipients of the Durom Cup that they began to experience problems consistent with a defective hip implant, including severe pain and decreased mobility. For many, the disability and pain they suffered due to the defective Durom Cup was worse than the condition that ultimately led them to opt for a hip replacement surgery.

The man filing the lawsuit in Texas recently contends that he waited two years to have the Durom Cup implant component removed in a revision surgery.

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