People with hip problems often endure tremendous discomfort, lack of mobility and reduced. Hip replacement surgery often is a welcome relief that eases their pain, lets them move around freely and creates a substantially more pleasant and productive life. Unfortunately, when a hip replacement does not work properly, it can have just the opposite effect on a patient.
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Maurilou Adams, a Los Angeles resident, filed suit May 21, 2012, in New Jersey District Court claiming that the Durom Cup hip implant she received in 2008 caused serious problems and severe pain that forced her to undergo revision surgery in 2011, according to AttorneyOne.com.
The Zimmer Durom Cup is a medical device that is surgically attached to the hip socket to hold the femur component in position. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved it in 2006 for total hip replacement. However, problems quickly arose as numerous patients found the device could become loose, which caused it to grind against bone rather than move within the socket. This can cause tremendous pain, and a number of patients ended up getting revision surgery. Doctors started reporting these negative outcomes to the FDA.
In 2008, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Larry Dorr, who is the director of the Dorr Institute for Arthritis Research and Education, sent a memorandum to the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons citing his concerns about how often the Durom Cup failed.
The New York Times reported in 2008 that Zimmer suspended sales of the Durom Cup in 2008 pending a review of the product. Zimmer cited errors by American surgeons to explain difficulties experienced by patients in the United States, especially when contrasted with far better results in Europe, where the device had been surgically implanted into patients since 2003.
However, the The New York Times said in its news article that the type of device implanted in Europe is different from the one used here and is used for hip resurfacing rather than total hip replacement, which both require different surgical techniques.
In a 2008 background status document, Zimmer stated: "The Company has identified that surgeons who regularly achieve the desired outcome with the Durom Cup consistently execute crucial technique steps and place the cup in a specific manner. Following its review, Zimmer has determined that revised surgical technique instructions and a surgical training program are required to more consistently achieve desired clinical results in the U.S."
Zimmer said it had reported its findings to the FDA and would continue to keep the FDA up-to-date about any new information.
After its three-month review, relabeling the product and offering training to doctors, Zimmer returned the Durom Cup implant to the U.S. market.
Numerous patients do not agree with Zimmer's assessment that physician error is to blame and have filed lawsuits alleging that the product is defective and that it, not their doctors, caused the health problems they suffered after receiving a Durom Cup hip implant. Zimmer has settled a number of lawsuits, but other litigation is still pending.
Zimmer Durom Cup hip implant has been available in the United States since 2006. Numerous patients alleged they had developed serious pain in the hip area and needed revision surgery, although Zimmer said physicians needed different training to implant the device correctly.