Zimmer Durom® Hip Implant
The Durom® hip cup was first released on the world market in 2006 and has since then been implanted into an estimated 12,000 patients as part of hip replacement surgery. In 2007, the Durom® Cup began to come under greater scrutiny by some physicians and surgeons, as patients suffered a high rate of failure for the device. As of July 2008, Zimmer holdings suspended the sale of the device due to concerns that it may be defective and susceptible to failure.
Often, a second surgery is required after the initial hip replacement, in order to correct issues with the implant. Unfortunately, a second major surgery is something many elderly and even younger patients may not well tolerate. It is for this reason that patients who have experienced problems following a hip replacement performed between 2006 and 2008 involving the Zimmer Durom® Cup may have a claim against the company.
Facts that give rise to Zimmer Durom® Cup lawsuits became public in July of 2008, when Zimmer suspended sales of their Durom® Cup hip implants (sometimes incorrectly labeled Duron Cup hip implants). This disclosure led to a flood of reported defects with the Zimmer implant. Evidence suggests that Zimmer's Durom® Cup hip problems reached an unacceptable level far before July 2008. Lawrence D. Dorr, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and medical director of the Dorr Institute for Arthritis Research and Education, wrote: "In the first year the x-rays looked perfect. These early cups fooled us, but the symptoms were so classic for a loose implant that we operated on the patients. When we hit on the edge of the cup it would just pop free. As time goes by the cups begin developing radiolucent lines... We do not believe the fixation surface is good on these cups. Also there is a circular cutting surface on the periphery of the cup that we believe prevents the cup from fully seating. "Dr. Dorr went on to call the Zimmer Durom® Cup, "a bad design".
If you are one of the more than 12,000 patients receiving the Zimmer Durom® Cup and suspect your implant is defective, you may contact our offices to discuss whether you have a case. If you do, Jeff Bowersox is proud to handle your Zimmer hip replacement lawsuit.