The Wright Profemur hip replacement has been added to the growing list of defective metal hip implants.  Designed and manufactured by Wright Medical Technology, Inc., the line of Wright Profemur hip replacement implants includes metal hip stems and total hip replacement systems.  A feature of the Wright Profemur Hip Implant System is its modular-neck stem.  Although the Profemur neck stem component was designed so that its length could be adjusted to account for a patient’s leg length, this feature can cause the neck stem to break, fracture, fret or corrode, resulting in hip replacement failure. Individuals who were implanted with Wright Profemur hip replacement systems have filed lawsuits alleging that the devices were defectively designed, resulting in premature failure.

Profemur Hip Approved Through FDA Short Cut

The Wright Profemur hip replacement was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) through the expedited 510(k) process, which only required the manufacturer to show that the artificial hip implants were substantially equivalent to devices already available on the market.  By seeking FDA approval through the 510(k) process, Wright did not have to conduct pre-market safety testing.  Similar to other devices approved through this process, evidence suggests that the Wright Profemur hip replacement has a high failure rate, which has caused many recipients to undergo revision surgery in order to remove the defective device within a few years of hip replacement surgery.

Wright Medical Lawsuits Mount

The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are currently evaluating claims related to injuries stemming from the Wright Profemur hip replacement systems.  If you or a loved one underwent hip replacement surgery, and received a Wright Profemur hip replacement system that included a Wright Profemur modular neck stem, contact our firm today for a free case review. You may be eligible to file a Wright Medical lawsuit seeking compensation for:

  • medical expenses;
  • lost wages;
  • pain and suffering;
  • permanent disability costs; and
  • out-of-pocket expenses.

Wright Profemur Hip Replacement Injuries

The Wright Medical lawsuits involving the Wright Profemur hip replacement implants have been filed by individuals who experienced injuries, such as:

  • hip pain;
  • breakage;
  • fretting;
  • corrosion;
  • metallosis;
  • degradation; and
  • hip replacement failure.

Although hip implants should generally last for at least 15 years, many Wright Profemur hip replacement recipients have had to undergo revision surgery within a few years of their original hip implantation.  In 2009, the Australian National Joint Replacement Registry determined that the Wright Profemur femoral stems had a revision rate of 11.2% within three years of implantation.

Wright Profemur Hip Replacement Shares Similar Defects As Recalled Stryker Devices

In July 2012, Stryker Orthopaedics issued a voluntary recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems.  The medical device manufacturer recalled the products after post-market surveillance data indicated that the implants were prone to fretting and/or corrosion, which can lead to pain, swelling, and adverse reactions in surrounding tissue.  As with the recalled Stryker devices, Wright Profemur hip replacement components include modular-neck stems.  Given the design similarities between the modular-neck devices, there is growing concern that the Wright Profemur hip replacements are also unsafe.  In fact, in a report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in August 2012, Wright conceded that the Stryker recall could negatively impact sales of its Profemur modular hip neck systems, stating: “[T]here is a risk that Stryker’s recall and the resultant publicity could negatively impact sales of modular neck systems of other manufacturers, including our Profemur system, even if the issues cited by Stryker are unique to Stryker products.”

Wright Medical Lawsuits Extend To Wright Conserve Line

Wright Medical also manufacturers the Wright Conserve hip replacement  system.  This line of hip replacement products has also been the subject of litigation due to the devices’ defective design.  On February 8, 2012, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (“JPML”) ordered that all Wright Conserve hip replacement lawsuits filed in federal court be transferred to one judge for centralized pretrial proceedings in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.  The Honorable William J. Duffey, Jr. has been assigned to preside over the multidistrict litigation, In re: Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2329”).  The Panel consolidated this group of Wright Medical hip lawsuits  given that most of “plaintiffs’ claims focus upon the metal-on-metal design of the Conserve products and the alleged propensity of the devices to generate high levels of metal debris, cause metallosis in the surrounding tissue and/or fail early (including loosening of the acetabular cup).”    Moreover, the JMPL noted that the “actions share factual questions concerning design, manufacture, marketing and performance of Wright’s Conserve line of hip implant products.”

The Wright Conserve hip MDL is the third MDL involving metal-on-metal hip systems.  Currently, DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is defending lawsuits alleging that its ASR hip replacement and metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip replacement  systems were defectively designed in the following actions:  In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2197”), which is currently underway in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio; and In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2244”), which is currently underway in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.  Similar to the Wright Conserve hip replacement litigation, the DePuy litigations allege that the ASR hip replacement and the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip replacement systems were defectively designed.

Contact A Wright Profemur Hip Replacement Lawyer For A Free Case Review

If you or a loved one received a Wright Profemur hip replacement system that includes a femoral neck stem, and experienced hip replacement failure or other complications, you may be able to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.  Contact one of our lawyers today for a free and confidential Wright Medical lawsuit evaluation.  The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP have extensive litigation experience, and have recovered billions of dollars for their clients.  In addition to being staunch advocates for your claim, our hip replacement injury lawyers also provide personal attention to guide you through the complex litigation process.

Call our Wright Profemur hip replacement lawyers today at (877) 779-1414.

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Published August 15, 2012 by