Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Other Hip Recalls: In 2008-Zimmer Durom Implant (5 of x)

2008 hip recall:

    Zimmer Durom Hip Replacement Implant

In 2008, Zimmer Holdings suspended sale of Durom Acetabular Cup following numerous complaints of a high implant failure rate. Since 2006, when Durom Cup came to be used in the United States, numerous complaints and lawsuits have been filed against Zimemr Holdings. Most of the lawsuits filed against Zimmer allege that the defendant did not disclose the risks associated with the hip implant cup when it marketed the product. However, Zimmer continues to deny the allegations, precisely blaming the surgeons for the high hip implant failure rate. Many patients have complained that the Durom Cup failed within two years of implantation, as a result of which, they had to bear severe pain and undergo a revision surgery.

Zimmer Durom Cup Dangers

The Durom Cup had been implanted in more than 12,000 patients in the country from 2006 to 2008. According to reports, about 11 percent of the Durom Cup implants failed in the first two years. However, Zimmer claims that the product can last for 15 years, saying that the metal hip replacement system is far more durable than traditional implants.

In fact, the Durom Cup is a metal-on-metal hip replacement system, with multiple metal components designed to fit into a “ball and socket” formation. As the ball rotates and rubs against the cup-like socket, it sometimes presses against the edge of the cup, thus generating a large volume of microscopic metal shavings into the patient’s bloodstream. The metallic debris can be absorbed by the soft tissue, resulting in

Zimmer Durom Cup Design and Failure

The Durom Cup is designed to fit into the cup-shaped depression of the hip joint so that it holds the femoral head. However, reports suggest the Durom Cup does not fuse properly with the hip joint due to failure of necessary bond.  Many surgeons complain that the problem lies with the fixation surface of the Durom Cup, having a plasma-sprayed titanium coating, which is actually meant to facilitate natural growth of the hip bone on the surface of the device. Zimmer Durom Cup does not have any attachment device that would hold the implant and only relies on the bony ingrowth to hold the implant and secure cup positioning. However, lack of bony ingrowth in many patients resulted in cup loosening, causing hip implant failure.

In February 2011, the FDA warned that some "unique risks" were associated with metal-on-metal artificial hips due to the wear and tear of tiny metal ions, which can damage the nearby tissue.  A number of individuals who received the Durom Cup between 2006 and 2008 have sued Zimmer Holdings for their device failure, pain and suffering, physical and emotional distress, injury, shame and humiliation, medical expenses, disability, mental anguish, memory impairment, punitive damages, loss of enjoyment in life, and inability to lead a normal life.

From Zimmer Hip Law Suit Center:
http://zimmerhiprecall-info.com/2011/08/zimmer-hip-multidistrict-litigation-lawsuit-settlements/

Zimmer hip litigation and  settlement fund

Since the Zimmer hip was voluntarily recalled by Zimmer Inc. in July 2008, almost $150 million has been set aside as compensation for those who were fitted with the Durom Cup. Because a number of settlement agreements have not been made, many speculate that what remains of the fund may not be enough to cover the remaining settlements when the rest of the cases are resolved. The exact dollar amount needed to cover the remaining unresolved cases will not be known until the cases are resolved. It is also possible that no other settlements will be paid out of the fund if Zimmer hip lawyers fail to prove their cases in court. The remaining cases will not go to court until later this year or early next year.

Earlier in 2011, all cases involved in the Zimmer hip multidistrict litigation cases were ordered to go to mediation. A number of Zimmer hip lawyers have successfully negotiated settlements for their clients. However, seven cases failed to agree on a settlement and will move further into the litigation process. Depositions were scheduled to begin on June 15th. Zimmer hip lawyers were scheduled to provide updates on the status of their cases at a conference scheduled for June 29th. No newsworthy information came from the conference.


In order to understand the latest news associated with Zimmer hip multidistrict litigation, those affected by the lawsuit should understand what multidistrict litigation is and how it affects the Zimmer hip settlement. Multidistrict litigation is a process that the federal court system uses to transfer all open/pending civil cases of a similar nature filed in the United States to one federal judge. The decision to transfer cases to one federal judge is made by a panel of seven federal judges that are selected by the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge Susan D. Wigenton of the New Jersey federal court was assigned the Zimmer hip multidistrict litigation.

Zimmer Hip Lawsuit Class Action Approved by Canadian Judge

Ryan Green | September 13th, 2011 | Posted in Zimmer Hip Lawsuit News
A Canadian Supreme Court judge has approved a class action Zimmer hip implant lawsuit against the artificial joint manufacturer. Any Canadian citizen who has experienced Zimmer hip problems with their Durom Cup acetabular device is technically eligible to join the Zimmer hip class action lawsuit.

Zimmer hip problems lead to class action Zimmer hip implant lawsuit

Zimmer Hip Lawsuit Class Action Approved by Canadian Judge
Ryan Green | September 13th, 2011 | Posted in Zimmer Hip Lawsuit News

A Canadian Supreme Court judge has approved a class action Zimmer hip implant lawsuit against the artificial joint manufacturer. Any Canadian citizen who has experienced Zimmer hip problems with their Durom Cup acetabular device is technically eligible to join the Zimmer hip class action lawsuit.
A class action lawsuit is one in which multiple plaintiffs join together to bring a single complaint of wrongdoing against a shared defendant. In the case of the Canadian Zimmer hip class action lawsuit, patients who allege problems with a specific hip implant known as the Durom Cup have joined together to file a single legal action.

Zimmer hip litigation consolidated in New Jersey

When Durom Cup litigation was consolidated in a New Jersey court last year, more than 50 plaintiffs were involved. The litigation grew from there to include many more plaintiffs, and the litigation continues to grow today. Theoretically, more than 12,000 plaintiffs could join the litigation as there were that many Americans fitted with the Durom Cup when the device was temporarily pulled from the market in 2008.

In June of 2011, pretrial litigation is proceeding in a New Jersey court, where a Zimmer hip lawyer may soon begin taking depositions, as per an order issued by presiding Judge Madeline Cox Arleo. On June 29, defendants and plaintiffs will meet before Judge Arleo in a Durom Cup litigation status conference. The first Durom Cup trial could begin later this year or in 2012.


[Comments by Connie:  Do you see how long this kind of litigation takes?  Amazing.  This hip was recalled in 2008.  It seems to be going to trail in 2012!  They went the route of multidistrict litigation which is the same route taken in the Depuy case.]

2 comments:

  1. One more thing - I endured a bad arthritic hip that no one including me knew why it went bad - for 12 years, before I got the hip replacement. I thought the surgery was a gift from god. For a year it was even when I fell on the ice and broke my pelvis. Then the problems started. For the next year, I did walk and got up to 2 to 3 miles a day and took a dance class, wasn't good, but did it. And I started classes at the local college. Now I just take a class at the college. The walks are all but discontinued. No energy and too much pain and fear of falling. This revision surgery doesn't sound like it is any joy at all. I think if that is what is comes down too, I will weigh everything well and ask first for a program of how to live with this situation to avoid complete failure unless I do have to worry about organ failure and dementia. If those are problems, then living with pain becomes the scale tipper. I've done that before and it was not fun. What choices!

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  2. The case of zimmer hip damages only reminds me of its successor, depuy!

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