The Wright Medical Profemur Total Hip System was approved in the U.S. as a substantial equivalent to existing hip replacement systems, but it is becoming apparent that design defects may make the device prone to early failure.
Signs indicating potential problems with the system include:
- Inexplicable hip pain
- Loosening of the implant
- Inability to stand or walk
- Hip replacement failure
- Necessity for additional hip revision surgery
The Wright Profemur femoral neck is designed to be modular so that it can be adjusted according to leg length. It was also intended to be subject to bend, which consequently may lead to faster-than-normal deterioration and an increased risk of hip replacement failure. Numerous consumers who received hip replacements with the Wright Profemur system have reported that the femoral neck broke or fractured during normal use, resulting in severe pain, the need for revision surgery and even permanent injury.
Wright Profemur Hip Lawsuits
Allegations made in numerous lawsuits say that the design of the Wright Profemur Total Hip System is unreasonably dangerous, causing the femoral stem to fracture, break, degrade, fret, and ultimately fail. The Wright Medical Group also failed to adequately research the safety of the implant and a recall should be issued after a higher-than-expected number of patients experienced problems within a few years of hip implant surgery, according to court documents.
Wright Medical Group is headquartered in Arlington, Tennessee has been designing, manufacturing, and marketing joint implants since 1950, and about 60 percent of the company’s sales come from its hip and knee products.
Although the company has had limited success with its ceramic-on-ceramic products, the same cannot be said for its metal-on-metal devices, including the Profemur Total Hip System and the Wright Conserve Plus. Like other metal-on-metal systems, the Profemur system is prone to fracture and failure early, and a number of patients have already brought lawsuits against Wright arising from early device failure, pain, excessive metal ions in the blood, and the need for additional revision surgery because of faulty design.
If you or a loved one received a hip implant and have experienced complications or had to undergo revision surgery as a result, contact our metal-on-metal hip implant lawyers today for a free case evaluation and learn about your legal options. There is no obligation. Our attorneys will work closely with you to seek justice and fight for compensation for your injuries.
A partner with Childers, Schlueter & Smith, LLC, Richard Schlueter has spent his career representing individuals and families who have been harmed as the result of wrongful conduct by others. Recently, Richard was selected for inclusion into the Nation’s Top 1 percent of lawyers by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC).
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