Our lawyers are reviewing Zimmer Durom Cup hip replacement component cases for potential lawsuits or settlements. Zimmer hip replacement sales were halted after doctors reported the need for revisions and further hip surgery. Our lawyers are limiting our inquiry to patients who received the Durom Cup and have serious problems with their replacement more than three months after surgery or required additional surgeries or revisions.
The tipping point of the Zimmer Durom Cup recall was a letter written by Lawrence D. Dorr, MD, an orthopedic surgeon who is the medical director of the Dorr Institute for Arthritis Research and Education in California. Dr. Door is considered to be an opinion leader in hip and joint replacement surgery and research around the world. Dr. Dorr found that 14 of the 165 Durom hip systems implanted at his clinic needed additional surgery within two years of hip implant surgery. In April, he wrote this letter to his hip and joint replacement colleagues around the country:
“This failure rate has occurred within the first two years. In the first year the x-rays looked perfect. We have revised four that did not have any radiolucent lines or migration (and John Moreland revised one). These early cups fooled us, but the symptoms were so classic for a loose implant that we operated the patients. When we hit on the edge of the cup it would just pop free. As time goes by the cups begin developing radiolucent lines. We now have one cup at two years that has actually migrated a short distance. It has tilted into varus. We do not believe the fixation surface is good on these cups. Also there is a circular cutting surface on the periphery of the cup that we believe prevents the cup from fully seating. We stopped using the cup after the first revisions.”
Dr. Dorr noted in his letter that Zimmer was unwilling to recall the Zimmer Durom Cup even in face of the evidence for this relatively new product. Regrettably, our products liability lawyers see medical device companies behaving this way far too often.
Since it was first sold in this country two years ago, the Zimmer Durom cup has been implanted in over 12,000 patients. This is a lot of patients who may have potential claims against Zimmer.
If your Zimmer Durom hip cup was defective, call our Zimmer hip implant lawyers at 1-800-553-8082.