LOS ANGELES — A jury has reached a decision in the first in more than 350 Zimmer Durom Hip Replacement trials. The Illinois jury found Zimmer Holdings not liable for failing to warn about the dangers of its defective hip implant.
This first case involved an individual named John Pugilese. He had a Zimmer Durom Cup (metal-on-metal hip implant) inserted into his hip. As with many metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, he was forced to have the device removed a few months later due to injury. Zimmer contented that Pugilese’s injuries were caused by an infection he developed shortly after surgery. The jury agreed with the company, in this case. The next trial is scheduled for January in Los Angeles. This trial involves a patient in his late fifties that received the implant in 2007 but then had it removed in 2008. Zimmer briefly recalled the Durom Cup in 2008.
Who is Zimmer?
Zimmer Holdings is a large medical device company that creates multiple types of surgical joint-replacement implants. Zimmer’s Durom Acetabular Component (also known as the Durom Cup) is its most problematic hip replacement product. It is an entirely metallic device designed to replace the hip and improve range of motion and it was also meant to be long-lasting – especially in the case of younger patients leading active lifestyles. During Total Hip Arthroplasty (hip replacement), the surgeon replaces the damaged cavity at the bottom of the hipbone with an artificial ball and socket joint. In this case, it is the Durom Cup. The Durom Cup was supposed to be ahead of its time because it was not held in place by artificial substances, but rather encouraged bone growth to hold it in place naturally.
Durom Cup Led to Injuries
Unfortunately, like many metal-on-metal hip devices, the Durom Cup has caused injury to thousands of individuals thanks to its defective design. The primary problem was the cup slipped out of place, thus causing patients to endure incredible pain, difficulty walking, multiple revision surgeries, and premature implant failure. Patients also found that the metal from the implant would corrode or flake off, resulting in unsafe levels of metal in the neighboring tissue and in the bloodstream. Furthermore, the Durom Cup was found to fail at a much higher rate than most implants. The expected rate of failure for most hip implants is about 1% but the Zimmer Durom Cup was found to fail anywhere from 11% to as high as 30% of the time.
The Durom Cup was approved by the FDA in 2006, but it was found less than a year later to cause serious injuries to patients. The problem became so severe that Zimmer voluntarily recalled the Durom Cup in 2008 and requested surgeons to cease implanting the device until further instructions were given. The Durom Cup had been on the market for less than two years.
While this first case was ruled in the defense’s favor, victims suffering injuries from the problematic Zimmer Durom Cup (and the company’s other metal-on-metal hip devices) should not despair. There are thousands of lawsuits currently waiting in federal court with regards to the defective Durom Cup implant.
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