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What to Do If You Have Problems With Your Zimmer Durom Cup Implant?
Author: Elisabeth Kuhn
The DePuy ASR XL recall has been getting all the press lately. At the same time, the Zimmer hip replacement recall seems to have dropped off the radar. But if you have a Zimmer Durom Cup implant, you need help too. Read on to find out more.
Hip implant recalls have been all over the news lately, so awareness is increasing that hip replacement surgery can be more risky than some people have anticipated. The problem with recalls of hip implants: you have to have major surgery to fix it.
And that’s bad news. Hip surgery is a major procedure and requires an extensive recovery period, generally with lots of physical therapy. And if it has to be done again to replace a faulty implant, it generally is only getting more complicated and risky. The reason for that is that the implant may have caused some damage to the surrounding tissues, and so it becomes every more challenging for the surgeon to complete a successful ‘revision.’
Now what’s the issue with the Zimmer hip replacement recall? As in the case of most recalls, even those that happened earlier, such as the Sulzer hip implant recall, the Zimmer Durom Cup was found to produce a higher than expected failure rate, with a significant percentage requiring a second round of surgery within two years. That’s bad. Most people hope that their new artificial hip joints will last as long as they do, or at least a couple of decades. So if they start failing within a couple of years, that\’s the beginning of a nightmare.
So if you been caught up in the Zimmer recall, or, as a matter of fact, in the DePuy recall, what should you do?
If you have one of the recalled hip implants, the first thing you should do is see a doctor you trust, and find out what\’s going on. And yes, you should do that whether or not you have symptoms. The reason for that is that there are problems that don’t come with the ‘normally’ expected symptoms. The normal symptoms would be hip pain, lose hip joints, funny noises, instability, inflammation and other problems in the location of the artificial hip joint.
But some problems aren’t as easily identified, and some won’t even have symptoms. The DePuy ASR implant for example, can cause metal toxicity that has symptoms that are often not at all associated with the artificial joint.
You should also get legal advice as soon as possible because if your implant is part of the Zimmer hip replacement recall, you may well be entitled to compensation.
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