Replacement hip procedures are one of the most common orthopedic surgeries for older adults. Hip replacements are used to relieve pain and improve hip function in patients who suffer joint damage or severe arthritis pain. Although the Profemur replacement hip is a widely used implant, there may be some associated health risks.
Q: What are Profemur hip replacements?
The Profemur replacement hip is manufactured by Wright Medical Group, Inc. The product features a metal-on-metal design, meaning a metal ball is fitted into a metal cup or socket to imitate the components of the hip joint. When the user walks, the metal ball and cup are designed to move in the same way as a natural hip ball and socket.
Q: Has there been a Profemur hip recall?
While Profemur hip implants haven’t yet been recalled, they could be the subject of a recall in the future. That’s because many similar metal-on-metal models, including the DuPuy ASR implants, have been voluntarily recalled due to their high failure rates and problematic design.
The main reason why many metal-on-metal hip replacements have been recalled is the dangers associated with metal implant corrosion. Friction between the metal components of the implants can cause metal particles to be released into the bloodstream. As a result, many patients develop a condition called metallosis. Metallosis can result in extreme pain and swelling in the implant area, as well as metal poisoning in some cases.
Since Profemur replacement hips feature a metal-on-metal design, there’s a growing concern that the hips will also corrode over time. Consequently, there may be a Profemur hip recall sometime in the future. Another reason why the Profemur implant may be recalled is the implant’s higher-than-average failure rate. Normally, hip replacements are meant to last up to 15 years. However, many patients have reported that their Profemur hips needed replacement after just a few years.
Q: How do I know if I have an injury caused by a Profemur replacement hip?
The FDA lists several potential risks of metal-on-metal hip replacements:
- Hip dislocation
- Bone fracture and deterioration
- Joint infection
- Loosened implant parts
- Damage to bone and tissue surrounding the implant and joint
- Pain, swelling and inflammation near the implant
- Device failure and implant replacement surgery
- Metal toxicity from the broken implant pieces
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should consult with your doctor immediately.
Q: Do I have a legal right to be compensated for any injuries related to my Profemur implant?
If you were injured as a result of your Profemur implant, you may have a cause of action against the company. Under the legal theory of products liability, manufacturers like Wright Medical Group, the Profemur manufacturer, have a duty to ensure that their products are free of design and manufacturing defects. Manufacturers must make certain that their products satisfy the ordinary product expectations of a hip implant user. In other words, if the Profemur implants are shown to have a dangerous defect that causes them to fail at a high rate, the manufacturer may be found liable.
Currently, Wright Medical is facing a number of lawsuits over its Conserve metal-on-metal hip replacements. In the lawsuits, patients claim that the Conserve’s faulty design caused them to suffer from metallosis. If the lawsuits are successful, the patients may be entitled to medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering damages, and out-of-pocket expenses. Patients who’ve been injured as a result of a Profemur implant, may wish to file similar lawsuits against Wright.
Q: I’ve experienced problematic symptoms with my replacement hip. What should I do now?
If you are experiencing any pain and discomfort in your joints around the implant, you should consult your doctor immediately. You should also periodically check the FDA recalls website or Wright Medical Group’s website to see if there’s been a Profemur hip recall.
Since product liability law varies from state to state, you should consult with an experienced product liability attorney in your area. A lawyer will be able to discuss any legal claims you may have and whether you may be compensated for any injuries caused by a Profemur replacement hip.