An unacceptably high rate of implant failure has led to the recall of nearly 11,000 Profemur Varus/Valgus artificial hip parts.
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The Wright PROFEMUR® hip implant is a metal component of a hip replacement device that is primarily prescribed for and implanted in patients who have persisting pain and impaired mobility due to hip fracture, severe hip dislocation, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and/or bone tumors. Specifically, the Wright PROFEMUR® is the "neck" of the total hip system that connects the ball-and-socket component to the femur (thigh bone) underneath.
Wright Medical Group, Inc. currently produces four versions of its PROFEMUR® line of hip devices, including the:
The PROFEMUR® hip implants are comprised of a Cobalt-Chromium alloy that is coated with a "commercially pure" titanium in order to reduce friction between components and promote greater mobility and stability.
The specific differences between the various types of Wright PROFEMUR® devices lie in the:
While all Wright PROFEMUR® devices are comprised of metal, they can be used in conjunction with ball-and-socket mechanisms that are made up of metal, ceramic, or specially formulated polyethylene components.
Despite the fact that the Wright PROFEMUR® product line has been developed with the latest technological innovations and that it does improve the quality of life for many patients, it does put some at risk of:
In fact, a study published in the March 2012 Lancelet found that the Wright PROFEMUR® devices caused more than one in every ten patients to suffer from complications that required extensive follow up treatments. Some of the risks associated with use of the Wright PROFEMUR® devices include:
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