Hutton & Hutton Law Firm is now reviewing Wright Conserve hip replacement
lawsuits on behalf of individuals who suffered serious and debilitating
complications. Wright Medical Technology manufactures the Conserve, a
metal-on-metal hip implant that has been linked to metal poisoning, premature
failure, and other complications.
A growing number of hip replacement patients are reporting serious problems
with their Wright Profemur ® Hip System implants. Manufactured by
Wright Medical, Inc., the Wright Profemur ® Total Hip System is a
modular implant, comprised of a femoral stem, modular neck, and femoral
head, mated with an artificial acetabular cup.
Evolving evidence in the USA has revealed that certain models of the modular
neck may suddenly and without warning break a few short years after implant.
According to data reported to the Australian Orthopaedic Association,
the early failure rate of the Wright Medical Profemur ® may be as
high as 11.2% – well above industry averages.
WRIGHT MEDICAL PROFEMUR HIP INVESTIGATION
To date there have been hundreds of reports of modular neck fractures of
the Wright Medical Profemur ® Hip System made to the U.S. Food and
Drug Agency (FDA). Given the nature, time and location of these reports,
it would appear the problem is not related to a single “lot”
of devices. Based on Wright Medical’s published marketing information,
there may be as many as 100,000 similar modular necks implanted to date.
If you or a loved one has experienced serious pain or required corrective
surgery following the failure of a Wright Medical artificial hip implant,
you may be entitled to compensation.
It is important that you contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.
If you wait, evidence that could help establish your case may be lost,
damaged, or even destroyed. In addition, statutes of limitations put strict
time limits in place by which lawsuits must be filed. These time limits
vary depending on the state in which you live.
What is the Wright Conserve?
Wright Medical Technology received approval for the Conserve in 2003. Instead
of conducting rigorous safety tests, they submitted a 510(k) application
claiming the Conserve was “substantially equivalent” to other
metal-on-metal hip implants. Unfortunately, many of these all-metal hips
have been linked to unacceptably high rates of failure.
Types of devices in Wright Conserve hip implant lawsuits:
• Conserve Total Hip Implant System
• Conserve Plus Total Resurfacing Hip System
• Conserve Femoral Hip Surface Replacement
• Conserve Total A-Class Advanced Metal Hip Implant System
• Conserve Resurfacing System
What is the problem with Wright Conserve Hip?
The problem with the Wright Conserve hip implant is that it has a metal-on-metal
design. This means that a metal femoral head pivots inside a metal cup,
like a “ball-and-socket.” In some cases, friction can cause
toxic particles of metal to accumulate in a patient’s body. Local
tissue reactions may include pain, swelling, inflammation, bone loss,
and soft-tissue growths. Systemic reactions may include blood poisoning
and metallosis. Patients who develop these complications may require revision surgery.
FDA Reviewing Safety of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements
In June 2012, the FDA warned that metal-on-metal implants are not superior
to plastic or ceramic devices, and they have additional risks. Many experts
recommend that people who have pain or other problems should undergo medical
exams, including blood tests and X-rays.
Side Effects of a Wright Hip Replacement
• Hip pain
• Problems standing or walking
• Loosening of the hip joint
• Metal poisoning (metallosis)
• Metal sensitivity
• Hip revision surgery