Wright Profemur Hip Replacement Lawsuits

Problems with the Wright Profemur Hip System could cause the implant to fail within a few years of hip replacement surgery. This may result in severe pain and the need for additional hip revision surgery.

WRIGHT PROFEMUR HIP LAWSUIT STATUS: Product liability lawyers are reviewing potential Wright Profemur hip replacement lawsuits for individuals who have experienced problems with their hip replacement, been told the device has failed or resulted in the need for hip revision surgery.

MANUFACTURER: Wright Medical Technology, Inc.

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OVERVIEW: The Wright Medical Profemur Total Hip System is a line of hip replacement implants designed and manufactured by Wright Medical Technology. The artificial hip implant was approved by the FDA under the controversial 510(K) premarket approval system, which means that the manufacturer submitted the Wright Profemur Hip as a substantial equivalent to devices already on the market.

The Wright Profemur hip replacement has been linked to a higher-than-expected failure rate, with many patients requiring additional surgery to remove the implant within a few years after their original hip replacement. The problems may be due to the design of the artificial hip system, which may make the femoral stem of the Wright Pro Femur hip prone to fracture, break, degrade, fret and ultimately fail.

It appears that Wright Medical failed to adequately research and test the hip replacement or warn about the risk of early failure. In addition, some lawsuits allege that the manufacturer should have issued a Wright Profemur recall after it became clear that the device may be failing at a high rate.

WRIGHT PROFEMUR HIP PROBLEMS: According to data in the 2009 report for the knee and hip implant registry run by the Australian Orthopaedic Association, the Wright Profemur Z femoral stem was identified as having a higher than anticipated revision rate. At three years after hip replacement surgery, individuals who received an implant with the Wright Profemur Z were found to have a cumulative percent revision of 11.2%. This means that approximately one out of every 9 people who received the Wright Profemur hip experienced severe problems within a few years after their hip replacement.

According to allegations raised in Wright Profemur hip lawsuits, the design is unreasonably dangerous, in that the neck was manufactured to be subject to bend, leading to rapid deterioration and an increased risk of failure. The Wright Prefemur neck is designed to be modular, so that it can be adjusted for leg length, but lawsuits allege that the design increases the potential for fretting, corrosion and failure.

It has been reported that the Wright Profemur hip femoral neck may break or fracture during normal use, resulting in severe pain and permanent physical impairment. Individuals who have experienced problems, may be entitled to compensation through a Wright hip replacement lawsuit.

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