Wright Profemur Hip Device
Hip replacements are expected to be designed to increase mobility and decrease pain for years to come, and approximately 500,000 hip replacement surgeries occur each year in order to achieve that goal. Yet, several types of hip devices actually harm patients more than help them. Indeed, hip components designed with metal-on-metal interfaces can cause metal wear, release of metal ions into the body, and even degradation of the artificial hip component causing catastrophic fracture to the hip device. These defectively designed hip devices clearly result in dangerous complications, and they necessitate complex revision surgery with lingering side effects. These harmful complications have led to thousands of lawsuits to hold the manufacturers responsible for the harm their defective products have caused.
Contact the Minnesota Hip Replacement Attorneys at GoldenbergLaw today if you or a loved one has needed a revision surgery after a hip replacement. We will provide you with a free consultation. With over thirty years of experience, the attorneys at GoldenbergLaw have handled hundreds of defective hip replacement cases for clients nationwide and will work to give you the justice you deserve.Call 612-230-0886 >
Case Quick Facts
Hip replacement surgeries are performed when your hip becomes damaged, arthritic, or painful. The doctor will remove your hip joint and replace it with a manufactured joint made of metal, plastic, and/or ceramic materials. The goal of hip replacement surgery is to relieve long-lasting pain in patients. However, some individuals have complications as a result of their surgery or their defective hip device. Often these complications are caused by a defective implant that was sold by the manufacturer.
Wright Profemur hip devices were originally developed by Wright Medical Technology and have been marketed since the early 2000s toward individuals who want to live a more active lifestyle after their hip replacement surgery. The Profemur hip system device is comprised of a neck and stem combination. Wright Medical Technology has claimed that their hip implants were especially durable since they are made of titanium. However, after implant the implants were found to incur fretting (wearing down), corrosion, or fracture of the femoral neck or another part of the implant.
Until 2011, Wright Medical Group sold the titanium neck version of the Wright Profemur hip device. However, reports soon emerged of several fractures of the titanium Profemur neck device as a result of fretting and corrosion at the neck-stem interface. Starting in 2009, Wright Medical Technology introduced a cobalt and chromium (CoCr) version of Profemur neck to the U.S. market. Subsequent to the release of the Wright CoCr Profemur hip device, reports of fretting and corrosion related to this component also emerged. In 2013, Wright Medical sold the OrthoRecon hip and knee manufacturing division to MicroPort Medical for $290 million. In 2015, MicroPort voluntarily recalled specific models of Profemur modular neck component hip devices due to the risk of fracture after implant surgery. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) noted that the “acute fracture and emergency revision surgery is a serious adverse health consequence and could lead to neurovascular damage, hematoma, hemorrhage, and even death.” Despite that Wright Medical Technology no longer manufactures the faulty hip replacements, it was deemed legally responsible for faulty hips manufactured while it owned OrthoRecon and for some models MicroPort continued to make for a time after the division was sold.
Side Effects of Metal-on-Metal Hip Devices Such as Wright Profemur Devices Include:
- Metal blood poisoning (metallosis)
- Device loosening
- Bone fracture
- Tissue damage from metal debris
- Leg length deficiency
- Revision (removal) surgery
Specific Adverse Reports Related to Wright Profemur Hip Devices:
- Femoral neck fracture or snapping
- Sudden pain
- Difficulty walking and performing common tasks
- Severe inflammation, swelling, and pain in hip area
- Development of non-cancerous pseudotumors
Many patients who experienced these complications had to endure a complicated revision surgery due to the device’s failure. However, having a revision surgery may also lead to complications such as neurovascular damage, hematoma, hemorrhage, and death.
Metallosis is a severe type of metal poisoning that can occur when metal debris enters the bloodstream from a prosthetic device such as a metal-on-metal hip device. The buildup of metal ions within the tissue surrounding the implant can also lead to muscle, bone, and tissue death. This can also lead to the joint dislocating or another type of device failure. Treating metallosis requires removing and replacing the implant.
Symptoms of Metallosis:
- Clicking or other sounds coming from the implant
- Loosening of the implant
- Rashes on the skin
Metallosis Complications Include:
- Auditory impairment that can result in deafness
- Cognitive impairment or memory issues
- Depression, anxiety or other mental health issues
- Heart problems, including heart failure
- Nerve problems
- Thyroid problems
- Visual impairment that may result in blindness
The Minnesota Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Attorneys at GoldenbergLaw have over thirty years of experience holding negligent device manufacturers responsible for the harm they have caused. GoldenbergLaw has recovered tens of millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. Reach out to GoldenbergLaw’s Hip Replacement Attorneys today for a free defective hip lawsuit consultation.Call 612-230-0886 >
If you or a loved one has developed a medical complication such as metallosis after a hip replacement using a Wright Profemur hip device, contact the Minneapolis Hip Replacement Attorneys at GoldenbergLaw today for a free consultation. Our firm has over thirty years of experience in defective medical device litigation and our attorneys have successfully resolved thousands of cases. Leave the sleepless nights to us and let us help you get the justice you deserve.
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If you suspect you require or had to have a revision surgery due to issues with a Wright Profemur hip device, reach out to the Minnesota Hip Injury Lawyers at GoldenbergLaw. Our team has over thirty years of experience and we will assess your case for free to determine if we can move forward with a defective hip replacement lawsuit.
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