Pharmaceutical

Lawsuit filed against metal hip device manufacturer

hip replacement parts Lawsuit filed against metal hip device manufacturerA woman has filed a lawsuit against the makers of her artificial hip after the device allegedly popped out of joint and caused further damage to her body. The lawsuit was filed against Wright Medical Technology Inc. and Wright Medical Group, makers of the Wright PROFEMUR Total Hip System, a brand of metal-on-metal artificial hip.

According to the lawsuit, the defendant underwent total hip replacement surgery on her right hip in March 2007. Shortly after being implanted with the all-metal hip, the woman began to experience pain and started walking with a limp.

In July 2011, the defendant’s hip popped out of socket and she was fitted with an abduction brace that must be worn 24 hours a day. Upon further examination, the defendant says her doctor advised her that the problems with her artificial hip device may have been aggravated by the eroding of the metal parts of her artificial hip as they rubbed together.

Metal-on-metal hip implants were introduced within the past decade and promised to be more durable than traditional plastic or ceramic artificial hips. Most implants can last 20 years or more, but studies showed that more and more all-metal implants were beginning to fail after just five years.

Upon further investigation, surgeons suspected the devices were possibly linked to a new complication. As the metal parts of the device rubbed together, metal debris could fall into the joint space, leading to tissue damage. Dangerous levels of cobalt and chromium were also measured in patients’ blood, which doctors believe may also be a side effect of friction between the metal parts.

Many patients had to undergo revision surgery to have their devices removed and replaced. Revision surgeries are often far more invasive and the recovery more lengthy than the original hip replacement surgery.

The defendant in the latest lawsuit accuses Wright Medical Group and Wright Medical Technology of negligence for manufacturing and selling what she claims they knew was a defective product. She is suing for both punitive and compensatory damages as well as medical expenses and court costs.

Source: The Record