WASHINGTON D.C. — A federal court has established that the multidistrict litigation against the defective hip implant manufacturer, Wright Medical Technology, will begin as early as March 2015.
As of September 15th, 2014, almost 1,000 lawsuits have been filed against Wright Medical Technology relating to its CONSERVE hip replacement line in multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. This is the court where all the cases against Wright for its CONSERVE implants are centralized. The bellwether trial helps sets the tone for lawsuits filed against Wright all across the country. The number of filed suits represents only a fraction of the number of patients suffering with CONSERVE hip implants.
Wright Medical Technology
Wright Medical Technology is a manufacturer of joint replacement implants. As with many other hip implant makers, it devised a form of hip implants geared toward younger patients who still wish to lead active lifestyles. Its CONSERVE metal-on-metal implants are advertised to provide a long-term low-wear hip device. The hip implant uses a cobalt and chrome cup and ball to mimic the actual hip joint. Wright’s CONSERVE hip line utilized a larger implant with the hopes that it would dislocate less.
Patients, however, are finding that Wright’s metal-on-metal CONSERVE hip implant causes more injuries and health problems than it solves. So many patients have suffered after receiving metal-on-metal hip implants, such as Wright’s CONSERVE, that the FDA now has an entire website dedicated to the topic.
Risks of the Implant
Wright’s CONSERVE metal-on-metal hip implant has unique risks, beyond the general risks that all hip implants may have. The metal ball and cup of the CONSERVE implant rub together when the patient is running or walking. This causes metal particles to be flake off the device into the bloodstream and tissue surrounding the implant. This can cause an adverse local tissue reaction. The damage to the tissue leads to debilitating pain, swelling, implant loosening, difficulty walking, numbness, fractures, infection, and device failure. Patients find themselves needing replacement or revisionist surgery at a much higher rate than other hip implants. In fact, a European study found that Wright’s CONSERVE had the second highest revision rates, and the study specifically called out Wright’s CONSERVE’s larger head sized implant as problematic.
Furthermore, because metal in the blood stream is not healthy for the human body, patients with the CONSERVE implant suffer from even more serious symptoms or illnesses. Cardiomyopathy, neurological damage, kidney problems, and thyroid issues are some of the more serious conditions caused by metal-on-metal implants.
Wright Medical was able to get CONSERVE quickly approved by the FDA in 2009 through its 510(k) fast-track process. This means the device did not have to undergo strenuous clinical trials. If you or a loved one is suffering from a Wright CONSERVE hip implant, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical costs and injuries.
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