Wright Medical Profemur Total Hip Replacement
Wright Medical Profemur Hip Implant May Be Causing Health Problems
People who underwent a total hip replacement with the Wright Medical Profemur hip implant were probably under the impression that they would have a better quality of life after surgery. They were also possibly told that this implant would last for years. Unfortunately, this has not been the case for some patients. As it turns out, the Wright Medical Profemur hip implant has a tendency to fail early, forcing these patients to go through another surgery to remove the implant. If you or someone you know has had surgery related to this device, our attorneys would like to hear from you. Parker Waichman LLP offers free case evaluations for anyone who has questions about their legal rights.
Problems with the Wright Medical Profemur Hip System
Wright Medical Technology manufactures a line of hip implants that fall under the Profemur Total Hip System category. Lawsuits over Wright Medical Profemur hip implants include the following products:
- Conserve Plus Cup
- Conserve Total Femoral Head
- Wright Modular Femoral Neck
- Profemur E Cementless Stem
- Wright Profemur Z Femoral Stem
If you’ve had a hip implant, you should know that they are supposed to last at least 15 years. A total hip replacement surgery is a complicated, invasive operation that no one should have to undergo unless absolutely necessary. The problem with the Wright Medical Profemur systems is that they fail within just a few years, which forces patients to undergo “revision” surgery to remove the devices. In 2009, the Australian Orthopaedic Association found that one component, the Wright Profemur Z femoral stem, had a revision rate of 11.2 percent in only three years; this means that one in every nine patients had to undergo revision surgery. Other complications associated with the Wright Medical Profemur hip system include:
- Fretting (wear and corrosion of the implant’s surfaces)
Like metal-on-metal hip implants and numerous other medical devices, the Wright Medical Profemur was approved without clinical safety tests, through a route called “510(k)” which allows manufacturers to sell devices without proving their safety or effectiveness through clinical testing; they only have to prove that the device is similar enough to a preceding device that has already been approved and is on the market.
If you or someone you know has been implanted with the Wright Profemur hip system, you may have valuable legal rights. Please fill out our online form or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-768-7529) to find out more today.