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Wright Medical Hip Implant Problems
Although the majority of hip implants are successful, many of these prostheses have caused problems for patients. Numerous problems have required revision surgery, or the removal of the original implant and replacement with another one.
Revision surgery has its own set of problems, often related to the erosion of bone and soft tissue around the original implant. Revision surgery usually is a more difficult procedure for the surgeon to do than the original implant procedure, and recovery time may be longer.
Other problems linked to hip implants include:
- Pain in the hip joint
- Pain in the lower back
- Fracture of the implant
- Loosening of the implant
- Dislocation of the implant
- High levels of metal ions in the blood, potentially causing metal poisoning
- Difficulty walking
- Failure of the implant to bond properly with the surrounding bone
- Metal particles shed from the implant that cause infection in nearby bone and soft tissue and that infiltrate distant organs when they enter the blood stream
- Infection of tissues, thus weakening the overall condition of the patient
Wright CONSERVE® Total Hip Resurfacing System
Wright Medical issued a recall of its CONSERVE® Total and CONSERVE® Plus metal acetabular cups in 2004. The acetabular cups are the part of the implant that fits into the patient's own acetabulum – the concave indentation or socket in the pelvis. A manufacturing defect in the prosthetic cups was causing them to fail, according to reports.
Other Wright CONSERVE® problems were the metal particles being shed from the implants when the parts rubbed against each other. The tiny particles invaded surrounding soft tissue and bone, causing infection, inflammation and pain. In some cases, the metal particles may enter the blood stream, leading to metal poisoning. In addition, if the blood carries the particles to other parts of the body, they can become lodged in organs distant from the implant site.
Wright PROFEMUR® Hip Implants
The Wright Profemur® Z Stem was meant to be used in patients needing only minimally invasive hip implant surgery. The stem is the part of the implant that is inserted into the thigh bone or femur. It was designed to allow interchangeable necks that could balance leg length and hasten recovery.
However, some patients have reported problems with their implants. Early failures have been associated with the stem weakening the implant, making it more likely to bend or break.
Talk to a Hip Implant Lawyer About Your Problems
If your prosthetic hip is causing problems, you should seek the advice of an experienced hip implant attorney. You may be eligible for more than just the cost of revision surgery if your implant fails early. Our hip implant lawyers represent individuals in cases involving hip implants made by Wright Medical Group and other manufactures such as DePuy Orthopaedics, Biomet Orthopedics and Zimmer Holding, Inc.
Even if you are unsure who made your hip implant, you can find out if we can help you by calling us today. We provide free case reviews for injured persons nationwide.