Although Wright Medical Group has known about the dangers associated with the metal on metal design of the Conserve Plus hip system, they have continued to market the device as safe and effective. This negligence may have cost you time and money. Many face side effects from defective or poorly designed medical devices. These usually end up on the market with virtually no testing, which turns patients into victims.
The Wright Conserve Plus hip replacement is a metal on metal artificial hip system. This type of implant can release metal particles into the hip joint damaging the surrounding tissue. This can result in toxic metal poisoning, dying tissue, pseudotumors in the hip that cause severe pain and require surgery to be corrected.
The Profemur Hip System is different from the Conserve model as it has a modular design, which means that the neck component can be adjusted to fit each patient's leg length.
The problem is that the modular design causes the neck to bend too easily. This bending motion can cause deterioration and premature failure of the implant.
Results from a 2009 report by the Australian Orthopaedic Association shows that the Wright Profemur Z femoral stem has a high failure rate.
According to the report, one in every nine patients who received a Wright Profemur hip replacement system has experienced pain and other serious problems with their implants.
The report also says that approximately 11.2 percent of all patients who have received the implant have needed revision surgery.
Symptoms individuals may experience from a faulty hip implant may include:
Difficulty standing or walking
Severe pain in the hip, thigh, groin or lower back
Stiffness and difficulty performing normal activities
Medical attention should be sought if you begin to experience any of these symptoms to determine if your implant has a serious problem such as a fracture. You may also need to speak with an attorney about the opportunity to recover compensation related to these faulty devices that have cost you more than the price of surgery.
The courts have begun the process of awarding compensation for clients who have suffered because of these devices. In November 2015, a ski instructor in Atlanta was awarded $11 million, $10 million of which was because Wright misrepresented the effectiveness of the devices. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported there were hundreds of similar cases across the country.
Ennis & Ennis, P.A., a law firm serving injury victims across the country, is ready to help other victims of these faulty medical devices. With more than 30 years of experience in class action and injury cases, our attorneys are prepared to fight for your right to compensation.
If you or a loved one have suffered or been injured from a defective Wright Medical Conserve Plus Hip Implant or needed a hip implant revision you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Wright Medical hip Implant attorneys of Ennis & Ennis today for a free confidential case evaluation.