Zimmer Durom Cup Lawsuits

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A number of surgeons in the United States have reported a higher than expected rate of failure and loosening of the Zimmer Durom Cup, often requiring revision surgery. In July 2008, Zimmer suspended sales of the Durom Acetabular Component (Durom Cup) until they can update the label with instructions about special surgical techniques that need to be followed during total hip replacements. Unfortunately, over 12,000 patients in the U.S. already received the artificial hip component from doctors who were not provided proper instructions or training.

STATUS OF ZIMMER HIP REPLACEMENT LAWSUITS: Lawyers throughout the United States are reviewing potential Durom Cup Lawsuits against Zimmer for failing to provide proper warnings, instructions and training to surgeons.


MANUFACTURER: Zimmer Holdings, Inc.

OVERVIEW: The Zimmer Durom Acetabular Component is a newer type of artificial hip part which is designed for use in combination with Zimmer’s Metasul Metal-on-Metal Tribological Solution Large Diameter Heads (LDH). The hip replacement cup is a monoblock of cobal chromium alloy which was introduced in Europe in 2003 and approved in the United States in 2006.

Unlike traditional hip replacement parts, the Zimmer Durom Cup is made from a single piece of material and is designed to address some of the more common problems with hip replacement components, such as wear of the bearing, limited range of motion and instability.

ZIMMER DUROM CUP HIP REPLACEMENT PROBLEMS: Since the Zimmer Durom Cup was approved for use in the United States during total hip replacements, also known as total hip arthroplasty, a number of doctors have encountered problems where the artificial hip parts loosened or otherwise failed, requiring additional surgical revisions.

In April 2008, Dr. Larry Dorr, a prominent orthopedic surgeon, wrote an open letter to members of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons about Zimmer Durom Cup problems he had encountered. At that time, 14 out of 165 total hip replacements he performed with the Zimmer Durom Cup were revised or required revision within the first two years. He indicated that he did not believe the fixation surface on the cup was good, and that a circular cutting surface on the periphery of the cup prevented it from fully seating.

In May 2008, Zimmer sent a letter to healthcare providers indicating that they were initiating an investigation into the complaints of Zimmer Durom Cup complications. After reviewing data on over 3,100 cases, Zimmer suspended sales of the Durom artificial hip component in July 2008.

A Zimmer Durom Cup recall was not issued, since they indicated that there was no manufacturing defect or design defect with the components. They indicated that sales would be resumed once additional product labeling was developed to provide instructions about special surgical techinques that are required to avoid problems. They also indicated that a new surgical training program would be implemented in the United States, since the technology and design parameters of the Durom Cup require a higher degree of precision than the more common hip replacement surgical techniques used in the United States.

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  1. Shirley Reply

    On March 29,2010 I had the Zimmer Trilogy system placed on the left and every since then I have been in constant pain. Before I left the hospital following the surgery I developed a severe case of neurpathy. I was originally scheduled to be off work 6-8 weeks but that timeline vanished quickly. I returned to work parttime in August of 2010 only to be taken off work completedly in December 2011. I have seen numerous physicians and no one seems to be able to help me or explain why someone with no other health issues would come down with severe neuropathy following hip surgery. Prior to the surgery I was working fulltime and going to school fulltime. Now I spend my days trying to stop the constant pain. Does anyone know if there has been a recall on the Zimmer Trilogy acetabular shell with the longevity polyethylene liner? Or if there is an attorney willing to represent someone with this type of hip? Thanks.

  2. gary uk Reply

    Hi Shirley/ Todd and everyone looking in here. No, there is currently no recall on the Zimmer Trilogy. In the US there are several cases that have been lodged in different states re the tRilogy. The FDA us and MHRA UK have been made aware of the problems with the Trilogy longevity liners. The early highly crosslinked trilogy liners were found to be fragile but there was never an official recall to date as far as I know and the company GRRRR!!!….. just keeps updating the models . I have suffered with severe neuropathy ever since my Surgery in 2004 in the uk and have been placed on a nerve suprresion medication to calm it down. I am currently in the process of a formal complaint with the hospital/consultants in the UK re the negligent attitude they dish out to patients who are severely affected by unsuccessful and painful THR. Good luck Shirley, you have my sympathy, its just awful to be ignored. It is a moral and legal duty of MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS TO EXPLAIN AND INVESTIGATE YOUR PROBLEMS. i HAVE ahd to call in a 3 rd party professional to mediate at the meeting.
    Bw Gary UK

  3. Shirley Reply

    Gary UK, thanks so much for your reply. I was beginning to think I was the only one out there suffering with this problem. Not sure where I go from here because I have not been able to find an attorney willing to take this case on. I know it is because there has not been a recall and without a recall there really is no money involved for an attorney. To be in constant pain with no where to go and no one to turn to is very depressing but I keep reminding myself that it could be worse. Good luck with your case.

  4. mark Reply

    Hi,I have had two zimmer hip replacement operations(left and right) one in 2005 and the other in 2007,I suffered pain in both hips after the operations and complained to the surgeon but was told that everything was ok and he could’nt understand why I was experiencing pain.In the end I went to see my GP and he help me seek a second opinion in another hospital outside my county of cheshire,I was shocked to be told after an initial xray that I would need revision surgury on BOTH hips as one had come completly loose and the other had dropped.I wonder has anyone else had this problem in the uk? regards

  5. Gwen Reply

    Hello- at the age of 47 I had a resurfacing of my right hip using the Durom Cup. After 2 years of continuous pain I finally saw another surgeon who removed the cup because it was loose!, This was done in the Uk so there are a few of us around over here too experiencing the same problems.

  6. chris Reply

    i had my hip replaced in 2011 by a zimmer trigly and after readying all of this i am just wondering if there is any thing i can do i have pain every day i am only 29 now was 27 when i got it really dont want to be in pain for ever any help

  7. annette Reply

    My Husband had bilateral hip surgery in 2003 a couple years after that he begin to have severe pain. He recieved the zimmer trilogy system. he has developed serious health issues. He is currently being evaluated for revision surgery. He had 2 neck surgeries and problems with his knees. and a host of other problems. We are seeking legal advice.

  8. James Reply

    I had my left hip replaced in August, 2008. My recovery was normal, and I was playing golf in just a few months. However, in the fall of 2011, I once again started having hip pain. Numerous tests, including Xrays, MRI\’s, CT scans all showed nothing, and I was told my replacement was \”textbook\”. The pain continued to become worse, and blood tests showed highly elevated C-RP levels (>10). The doctor recognized something was wrong and scheduled a revision, to replace the liner and ball. The next morning he came in and told me the hip was infected. His surgical report indicated a pseudocapsule that burst during surgery. Additionally, there was significant corrosion on the Morse Taper, and the \”ring\” was displaced and immobile. Six weeks later I had surgery to remove the hip, qnd 8 weeks later I received a \”new\” hip. I feel reasonably good, though lots of tingling and discomfort in lower legs and feet. I looked into a lawsuit, but all the attorneys seem to be focused on the Durom Cup, and none seem interested in pursuing a Trilogy lawsuit

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