Wright Profemur Hip Implants
Patients implanted with the Wright Profemur hip implant who have experienced complications such as debilitating pain, loosening of the implant, fracture of the hip femoral neck, or other problems, may be eligible to file a Wright Profemur hip lawsuit.
According to recent reports, the Profemur Z hip implant has shown a significantly higher failure rate than other hip implants. A Wright Profemur hip lawyer is likely to claim that the implant was badly designed and that the company failed to perform adequate studies to establish safety before releasing the product on the market.
Reports of High Premature Failure Rates
In a 2009 annual report, the Australian National Joint Replacement Registry noted that the Wright Profemur hip had a cumulative revision rate of 11.2 percent at three years. This translates to about one out of every nine people. Most hip implants are supposed to last for 15 years or more, and failure rates are typically supposed to be far lower.
According to allegations made by plaintiffs in a Wright Profemur hip lawsuit, the issue is with the design of the implant. The femoral neck, instead of being of a fixed design, has two parts to make it adjustable to different leg lengths. The goal was to conserve bone mass and hasten recovery.
The femoral neck is also manufactured to be subject to bend, but a Wright Profemur lawyer is likely to note that such a design has made the component more prone to degradation. Plaintiffs have claimed that the component has degraded, fractured, and broken entirely. Such complications cause severe pain and permanent physical impairment.
Wright Profemur Hip Lawyer Alleges Premature Loosening
Over the past several months, more patients have come forward to file a Wright Profemur hip lawsuit. Though some complain of a fracturing of the femoral stem, others allege the implant failed to attach to the hipbone. In one case, for example, the Wright Profemur hip lawyer noted that the press-fit nature of the implant created a risk of the neck loosening from the press fit, and thus, of failing. The Arizona woman noted in her complaint that the acetabular cup had loosened after only three years.
Critics claim that manufacturer Wright Medical Technology hasted FDA approval of the Profemur implant by pushing it through the FDA's 510(k) premarket approval procedure. This process requires no clinical studies on the implant, as long as it can prove itself significantly similar to another implant already on the market. Despite the problems reported with the device, neither the FDA nor the manufacturer has announced a Wright Profemur hip recall.
A Wright Profemur Hip Lawyer Can Help
Medical companies who develop products but fail to thoroughly test them for safety and effectiveness should be held liable for their actions. If you or a loved one has suffered complications from a Wright Profemur hip implant, the attorneys at Chaffin Luhana LLP may be able to help. A positive verdict in a Wright Conserve hip lawsuit could result in monetary compensation. Call today for a free and confidential case evaluation at 1-888-480-1123.