The Wright Profemur and Wright Conserve are metal hip replacement systems that can cause worrying side effects in patients, including metallosis and hip replacement failure. Victims of defective Wright hip implants are filing Wright lawsuits against the manufacturer of the devices to seek compensation for their expenses and injuries.

The Wright Conserve and Profemur hip replacement systems were approved through the FDA’s controversial 510(k) process, which allowed it them to go market without clinical testing because it was deemed similar enough to a previously approved device. But the numerous adverse effects reported from the hip implant devices suggest that might have been a hasty approval. Over 200 adverse event reports regarding the Wright Conserve hip replacement have been submitted to the FDA.

Wright Conserve and Profemur Side Effects Include Hip Replacement Failure

Wright hip replacement side effects can include:

  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Metallosis
  • Tissue necrosis
  • Infection
  • Pseudo tumors
  • Hip replacement failure.

Symptoms of metallosis (metal poisoning from the toxic metal debris shed from the hip implant) can manifest in other parts of the body, including the heart, nervous system and thyroid gland.

According to data from the National Joint Registry for England and Wales, one in 12 Wright Conserve hip implant recipients must undergo revision surgery within five years of receiving the original implant. The revision rates for Wright Conserve hip implants came second only to the DePuy ASR hip implants, which led to a massive worldwide recall in August 2010.

The Wright Profemur line includes metal hip stems and total hip replacement systems, with a distinctive feature of an adjustable modular-neck stem. The design can cause the metal neck stem to fracture, fret or corrode, leading to hip replacement failure. According to the 2009 Australian National Joint Replacement Registry, the Wright Profemur femoral stems had a revision rate of 11.2 percent within three years of implantation. The devices were intended to last for at least 15 years.

Wright Conserve and Profemur Lawsuits Progresses

Lawsuits against the Wright Medical Technology Inc. continue to be filed by patients who suffered from complications after receiving a Wright Conserve or Profemur hip implant.

The Wright lawsuits allege that the manufacturer designed a defective product and failed to adequately warn patients about its risks.

In a recent court order, Wright Medical has been ordered to produce all documents regarding the Profemur modular-neck hip stems in the Wright Conserve hip replacement lawsuits. Plaintiffs in the Wright Conserve lawsuit argue the interaction between the Profemur neck and Conserve metal cup hip replacement system led to their complications.

The Wright Conserve hip replacement lawsuits are underway in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Wright lawsuits seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Call a Wright hip lawyer today to learn more: (877) 779-1414.

Published December 14, 2012 by