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Sales of Zimmer Holdings’ Durom Cup Artificial Hip Suspended Amid Reports of Failure
August 18, 2008-Uniondale, NY --- Mark & Associates, P.C., a law firm representing victims of defective medical devices, is investigating reports of defective Zimmer Durom Cup artificial hip devices. The firm has been contacted by numerous patients whose Durom Cup hip replacements have failed and caused them to undergo a second hip replacement surgery. Patients and families of patients who suffered from defective Zimmer Durom Cup hip replacement devices are encouraged to request a free legal consultation at www.ZimmerHipLawsuit.com or by calling 1-866-50-RIGHTS (1-866-507-4448).
The Durom Cup went on the market in 2006 and has been implanted in over 12,000 patients. Dr. Lawrence Dorr, an orthopedic surgeon in California who has performed over 5,000 hip replacements, warned Zimmer Holdings in 2007 about pain and other problems his patients were experiencing after hip replacement surgery. In April 2008, Dr. Dorr voiced similar concerns to his colleagues at a conference and quickly discovered that other doctors and their patients had similar experiences. When doctors complained to Zimmer, they were largely told that the implantation technique, not the device, was to blame.
In May, Zimmer announced to doctors that it was investigating complaints like Dr. Dorr’s. On July 22, 2008, Zimmer Holdings suspended sales of its Durom Cup hip replacement, citing the need for doctor training before it reintroduces the device. But many doctors disagree that the implantation technique is to blame and believe that the poor design of the Durom Cup is the reason that the device is failing in such a large number of patients.
Problems with the Zimmer Durom Cup involve the hip socket separating from the bone rather than fusing with it. The metal cup’s movement in the socket was causing extreme pain in some patients after hip replacement surgery. Doctors estimate that potentially hundreds of patients who received a Zimmer Durom Cup replacement hip will experience failure and need a second hip replacement surgery to replace the defective device.
Mark & Associates, P.C. condones the withdrawal of Zimmer’s Durom Cup hip replacement but believes that retraining doctors on implantation techniques will be ineffective and that the defective device should remain off the market permanently. The firm also believes that Zimmer Holdings is failing to take responsibility for poor design of the hip replacement device by blaming doctors for improper implantation techniques. The firm strongly supports the creation of a national artificial joint registry system, which would allow for identification of problems with artificial joints sooner and save countless patients from needless pain, suffering, and the risks associated with additional replacement surgeries.
Mark & Associates, P.C. encourages patients who experienced problems following hip replacement surgery to request a free legal consultation immediately. To learn more information about Zimmer Holdings’ Durom Cup hip replacement and to request a free consultation, please visit http://www.ZimmerHipLawsuit.com. For more information on Mark & Associates, P.C. please visit http://www.YouHaveRights.com.
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