Wright Profemur® Hip System
Update: Lawsuit Filed Against Wright Medical Group
A man in Colorado filed a lawsuit against Wright Medical Group because he says his Wright Profemur® hip system failed after three and a half years, requiring that he receive revision surgery. The lawsuit alleges that the Wright hip replacement system failed due to a defective and negligent design.
This particular hip replacement system has a modular neck component, which Wright Medical describes an “evolutionary design.” The modular neck component is supposed to allow for the balancing of sift tissue and ease restoration of the hip joint.
Defective Hip Lawsuit Claims Negligent Design
The defective medical device lawsuit alleges that this design is negligent, because it allows for potential bending of the neck component, which can lead to wearing, fatigue and failure.
The plaintiff, Glenn A. Wollam, claims that he received a Wright Profemur® hip system in both hips. The right hip system failed in October 2008. The lawsuit says that because the system has a faulty design, the left hip is also risk of early failure. The plaintiff says the broken hip implant caused him severe pain and has left him disfigured.
The Wright Profemur® Total Hip System in question includes the Conserve Plus Cup, Conserve Total Femoral Head, Wright Modular Femoral Neck and Profemur® E Cementless Stem.
According to reports, the Wright Profemur® Total Hip System was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) via a premarket approval process. This controversial process allows medical devices to be sold on the U.S. market if the company shows that it is substantially equivalent to a similar device already on the market.
High Revision Rate Found
According to the 2009 Australian registry, the Wright Profemur® Z hip has a higher failure rate than anticipated. Data showed a revision rate of 11.2 percent at three years.
Another hip implant device produced by DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, was recalled in 2010 due to a failure rate of 12 percent.
Hip Implant Lawsuit
Patients who receive hip replacement surgery should not have to undergo revision surgery for at least 12 to 20 years. If you or someone you love has required revision surgery shortly after receiving hip replacement surgery, you should consult a defective hip implant attorney at the law offices of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis and Overholtz to find out if you qualify to seek compensation.
Call (844) 794-7402 for an evaluation of your case.