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The Zimmer Durom Cup was introduced to the United States in 2006. It was designed to be a durable and longer lasting hip implant for younger patients. However, in 2008, Zimmer temporarily halted the sales of its Durom Acetabular Component ("Durom Cup"), issuing a Class II voluntary recall. Thereafter, Zimmer simply re-released the device with new surgical technique instructions. Due to the complaints of failure of these metal on metal Zimmer devices, hundreds of product liability law suits have been filed across the country.
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Studies have shown that over time, the ball and socket components of metal on metal hip devices are prone to wear down, generating metal debris fragments. These fragments can cause fluids to build up in the joint and surrounding muscles, and may cause pain and swelling or damage to the muscles, bones and nerves around the hip. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently convened a two-day hearing on the risks of metal on metal hip implants on June 27-28, 2012, wherein several medical expert panelists recommended against using such devices.
Symptoms of a defective metal on metal hip implant may include:
- Hip, leg, groin or lower back pain
- Swelling, inflammation or infection
- Problems walking, standing or sitting
- Fatigue or decline in physical ability
- Audible clicking or crunching sound from the hip area
- Elevated levels of metals in blood causing metallosis
Continuing symptoms may be signs of the implant loosening from the bone, dislocation of the implant, or fracture of the bone.
Metal implants may have wear and tear such that loose metal particles are generated and released into the bloodstream and surrounding tissue. The metal used is cobalt and chromium, both having the potential to poison one's body. Metal poisoning is called "metallosis." Because the symptoms are wide ranging and appear to overlap with other conditions, the condition can exist for some time before diagnosed and treated. Here are some of the symptoms:
- Brain fog - This is a broad term that describes feelings of confusion and forgetfulness.
- Persistent pain - Chronic pain may be felt in almost any area of the body, including the muscles, tendons or soft tissues.
- Persistent feelings of malaise - This is also a somewhat vague symptom. Chronic malaise means you often feel generally unwell. For instance, you may often feel tired, uncomfortable or sick.
- Gastrointestinal problems - Some specific symptoms associated with gastrointestinal issues are diarrhea, gas, constipation, and trouble digesting foods.
- Emotional disturbance - Some that are especially linked to metal toxicity are feelings of anxiety and mood swings. Depression may also be a sign of metal toxicity.
- Problems with the nervous system - Some common manifestations may include feelings of burning or numbness in the extremities and tingling in other parts of the body.
- Cardiomyopathy - An extremely serious consequence of metal toxicity, this term means that the muscle of the heart is no longer functioning as it should.
- Problems with hearing, sight or cognition, dizziness, headaches
- Peripheral neuropathy - This can cause a host of problems including numbness, tingling and tremors.
- Skin rashes
Our firm is actively investigating cases from a wide variety of hip and knee implants made by Zimmer, Wright, Stryker, Biomet, DePuy, and other metal-on-metal implant manufacturers. Dreyer Boyajian LLP has been successfully representing clients in personal injury and products liability cases for over 30 years. We strive to provide our clients with the highest legal and ethical quality of representation. Our goal is simple - Getting you the justice that you deserve.
If you or a loved one have questions about a potential claim related to the Zimmer or other metal on metal hip implant, please call us today to learn more about your legal rights at toll free 866-292-1582 or submit an online contact form.