The manufacturer of a heavily-scrutinized Wright hip replacement is advising investors that its cobalt chrome modular-neck stem bears striking resemblance to those affected by a voluntarily recall announced last summer by Stryker Orthopaedics.

In a regulatory filing issued by Wright Medical Inc. on April 30th, the maker of the Wright Profemur hip replacement admitted that the mounting lawsuits and safety issues surrounding the Stryker Orthopaedics-manufactured Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems have prompted the industry to keep a watchful eye on similarly designed hip devices. The Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems, which are also comprised of cobalt and chromium, have already amassed hundreds of complaints alleging injuries associated with early hip failure.

Wright Medical’s in April filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission followed a similar notification issued by the company in August 2012 stating that the Stryker hip recall may affect sales of its Profemur modular-neck hip stems given their similarities.

Despite Lack of Wright Medical Hip Implant Recall, Complaints Continue to Be Filed in U.S. Courts

Recipients of these devices have filed similar claims against Wright Medical. In a case settled on March 20th, the plaintiff alleged his Profemur implant fractured in 2010, just a year after he received it. This later created the need for revision surgery, according to his Wright hip lawsuit.

The settlement was announced just days after a judge in California federal court dismissed a motion filed by Wright Medical to dismiss the case, which was originally filed in San Francisco Superior Court in 2011.

Although a Wright Medical hip implant recall has not been issued, the manufacturer is currently facing a number of lawsuits over another one of its products as well.  According to court records, at least 40 claims involving the Wright Conserve Total Hip Implant System, Conserve Total A-Class Advanced Metal Hip Implant System, as well as the Conserve Resurfacing System had been filed in the U.S. as of May 2013. These claims are now pending in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) underway in the Northern District of Georgia, and allege high metal ion levels and other complications indicating early hip failure.

Side effects common to both the Wright Conserve and Profemur hip replacements include, but are not limited to metallosis, biologic toxicity, infection, inflammation, tissue necrosis, pseudotumors and premature hip replacement failure.

Wright Medical Lawsuits Allege Complications Indicating Early Hip Failure

After receiving the Conserve or Profemur implant, you may have experienced one or more of the injuries associated with these Wright hip replacements. Contact a lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP to find out about seeking legal action against the company by calling (877) 779-1414.

Published May 16, 2013 by