Zimmer Durom Cup Procedure Compensation
If you or a loved one had hip replacement surgery that used a Zimmer Durom Cup, you may be entitled to compensation. The Law Office of Flint & Soyars, PC is offering free legal consultations to all hip replacement patients who have had complications after their surgery. Call now 1-888-79-FLINT (1-888-793-5468) toll free.
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Zimmer Suspends Marketing of Durom Cup Hip Replacement System Amid Reports of Defects
July 2008-Orthopedic device manufacturer Zimmer Holdings, Inc. announced it is temporarily suspending U.S. marketing and distribution of its Durom Acetabular Hip Replacement Component (the “Durom Cup”) in response to numerous complaints of device failure, including cup loosening requiring subsequent revision surgery.
The Durom Cup was first introduced in the United States in 2006 for use in total hip replacement procedures. According to the manufacturer, over 56,000 Durom acetabular components have sold worldwide, with over 12,000 of these sold in the U.S.
On April 22, 2008 prominent Los Angeles orthopedic surgeon Dr. Larry Dorr publicly notified the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) of the failure rate associated with implantation of the Durom Cup artificial hip replacement component. Specifically, Dr. Dorr reported that within the first two years following implantation, 14 out of 165 patients of his who received the Durom hip replacement system had to undergo revision surgery to correct a failed device. In his letter, Dr. Dorr states:
This NOTICE is to inform you that we have had ten revisions in 165 hips and have four more that need to be revised using the Durom cup (Zimmer, Inc). 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.
Despite Zimmer’s claims to the contrary, Dr. Dorr states that the incidence of Durom cup failure “goes beyond technique” and is attributable to a design defect that prevents the device from seating correctly.
If you or a loved one had hip replacement surgery that used a Zimmer Durom Cup, you may be entitled to compensation. The Law Office of Flint & Soyars, PC is offering free legal consultations to all hip replacement patients who have had complications after their surgery. Call now 1-888- 79-FLINT (35468) toll free.