Problems with hip replacements, particularly those that use metal-on-metal construction, are common. If you or a loved one has an implant and is experiencing any of a variety of health conditions, even if they do not seem to be directly related to hip problems, compensation might be an option.
Several manufacturers of hip implants are under investigation for marketing dangerous products. Among those involved in litigation is Wright Medical Technology, Inc. Of particular interest are their CONSERVE Hip System and PROFEMURE Z Stem models.
Wright Medical Hip Replacements
Wright Medical Technology is headquartered in Tennessee and has been making joint implants for more than 60 years. Their product line includes ankle and foot devices, but the company is best known for its knee and hip replacement systems. In addition to the metal-on-metal models that are of concern, they also manufacture ceramic hip systems. Ceramic on ceramic implants are believed to generate less wear and tear than other options.
Unfortunately, Wright’s metal-on-metal products, including the CONSERVE and Profemur Z Stem have caused a number of problems in people with the implants. The CONSERVE system sheds metal particles, causing tissue irritation that might eventually lead to metal poisoning. The Profemur Z Stem has a history of early failure rates and has been known to fracture.
Like many of the lawsuits brought against manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants, the numerous suits brought against Wright were consolidated into a single court in the US District Court for the North District of Georgia. This included multiple CONSERVE products, including the CONSERVE Total Hip System, as well as the Profemur products. The lawsuits shared similar allegations regarding the design, manufacture, performance, and marketing of the products, so a single case allows the issues to be settled consistently and efficiently.
The pending suits assert that Wright Medical Technology was aware of issues with their metal-on-metal devices and chose to now warn physicians and patients. The suits also claim the design of the CONSERVE replacements are known for generating excessive metal debris from the heat and friction of the metal-on-metal components. Evidence shows the release of metal into the body can cause health issues beyond those related directly to the hip implant, including vision and hearing problems, thyroid issues, heart problems, and issues with the nervous system.
Why Should You File a Lawsuit Regarding the Wright Medical Hip Replacements?
People with Wright Medical Hip Systems, especially the CONSERVE and Profemur models, have experienced a number of health issues. Statistics show about one in 12 recipients of these implants are experiencing problems. If you or a loved one suffers from any of the following related to a metal-on-metal implant, you might be entitled to compensation:
- Need for revision surgery
- Device failure
- Excess levels of metal ions in the body
- Crunching or popping noises
- Difficulty walking or standing
- Hip fractures
- Tissue inflammation
- Hip dislocation
How We Can Help
Those suffering issues with their Profemur Z Stem and CONSERVE replacements should know that Wright has a history with consumer complaints concerning their products. In 2007, the federal government sued Wright for encouraging doctors to use their products through bribery. The company settled in 2011, but officially admitted no wrongdoing. Consumers with Wright brand hip implants need to closely monitor their implants and seek information about the possible risks involved.
If you or a loved one has experienced any medical problems related to your hip implant, it is important you follow up with your doctor and do all you can to receive the compensation you deserve. We can help you find an experienced hip implant lawyer to explain your legal options and assist you in determining whether to file a claim.