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Wright Profemur® Z Hip Implant Failure Rate

As of February 2011, there has not been a Wright Profemur® Hip Replacement Recall. There has been controversy surrounding hip replacement systems made by Wright Medical Technology, Inc. however, as more and more patients say they are experiencing problems with their hip implants. According to a recent report put together by the Australian Joint Registry, Wright’s Profemur® Z hip implant has an 11.2 percent failure rate after three years of implantation.

The report shows that one in every nine patients will experience problems with their Profemur® Z hip implant system. Hip implants should last approximately 15 years or more, according to industry standards. But, according to lawsuits filed on behalf of hip implant patients who require revision surgery to replace their Wright Profemur® Hip Replacement systems, the hip implant systems made by Wright are defective and are failing at a much higher rate. The main defect, according to lawsuits, is with the modular design. The neck portion of the system has a flexible design, so it can be fitted to each individual patient’s leg length. This design, according to the lawsuits, makes it too easy for the neck portion to bend, fracture, and eventually break.

Symptoms of Hip Implant Failure

The recent recall of another hip implant system manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. and the controversy surrounding the Wright hip replacement system might make you question whether your hip implant is failing. If you have an artificial hip implant, it is important to understand the signs and symptoms of a failing hip implant. The following symptoms might indicate a problem:

  • Difficulty standing or walking
  • Severe pain in the hip, thigh, groin or lower back
  • Stiffness and difficulty performing normal activities

If you begin to experience any combination of these symptoms, you should seek medical attention right away to determine if your implant has fractured. If something is wrong with your implant, you will most likely need to undergo revision surgery. Revision surgery can be painful and more debilitating than the first surgery. If you are wondering how you are going to pay for the surgery and cover the extra financial loss caused by a second surgery, you should contact a qualified attorney who can help you seek compensation from the manufacturer of your defective hip.

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