Dallas, TX (PRWEB) October 9, 2009
The Zimmer Durom® Cup was implanted in hip replacement surgeries from 2006 till July 2008, when sales were suspended by the manufacturer. If hip surgery was done during that time, it would be prudent to check medical records to determine whether this potentially defective device has been used. The Mulligan Law Firm is currently investigating injury claims involving the Zimmer Durom Cup hip implant.
The Durom Cup, officially known as the Durom Acetabulum Component, was manufactured by Zimmer Holdings, the nation's largest manufacturer of orthopedic medical devices. The Durom Cup was approved for use in the U.S. in 2006, and had been available in international markets since 2001. It has been estimated that more than 12,000 Durom Hip Cups had been used in hip replacement surgeries when the device was recalled.
Described in the Zimmer literature as an "anatomic, forged high-carbon CoCr mono block acetabular shell", the Durom Acetabular Cup is intended for patients with noninflammatory degenerative joint disease like avascular necrosis (bone death caused by poor blood supply) and arthritis, and inflammatory joint disease like rheumatoid arthritis. It was also prescribed for patients needing a longer-lasting solution, such as replacements for previously failed replacement surgery.
Zimmer Holdings suspended sales of the Durom Cup in July 2008, after reports began to surface about the failure of the implant and the need for additional surgeries.
Imbedded in the hip socket in hip replacement surgery, The Durom Cup is meant to be used with the Metasul LDH large diameter head, which forms the 'ball' of the ball and socket that replaces the hip joint.
"Zimmer has received some reports of persistent post-operative pain, dislocation, and loosening of the acetabular implant leading to revision surgery." -- From letter, Zimmer to Sandra Williams, FDA Compliance Officer, on July 31, 2008.
The following symptoms have appeared after Durom Cup implantation from 3 to 22 months after the operation, and could potentially show up much later: no pain relief, feeling like the leg is going to give out beneath you, the sense that something is loose in the hip, pain and stiffness when rising from a chair, sharp pain in the groin when moving upright, and less pain when at rest. Also mentioned is difficulty climbing stairs and limping, with little endurance.
There is another frustrating effect noted by the doctors reporting the Durom Cup failure: the x-rays can look as if nothing is wrong.
About The Mulligan Law Firm
The Mulligan Law Firm is a national law firm located in Dallas, Texas, providing information and resources for injured individuals and their families in all 50 states. The firm has successfully resolved over $600,000,000 in claims for its clients since 1995.
The Mulligan Law Firm is currently investigating injury claims involving the Zimmer Durom Cup hip implant. Someone who has been seriously injured after being implanted with this device should consult with a legal professional immediately - Contact Eric Gruenwald, Lawyer/Attorney at (866) 529-0001, Ext. 245. The Mulligan Firm has experienced lawyers ready to help.
All cases are taken on a contingency-fee basis, which means the prospective client does not pay for our services unless an award or compensation is received.
For more information on the Mulligan Law Firm, visit http://www.mulliganlaw.com.
For more information on the Zimmer Durom Hip Implant, see http://www.mulliganlaw.com/zimmer-durom-hip-implant.html
Zimmer Durom Cup informational blog entries: http://www.mulliganlaw.com/blog/