The Wright Profemur hip implant is a modular-neck hip implant. Unfortunately, this device has been linked to severe side effects — including metal poisoning, non-cancerous pseudotumors, pain, swelling, loosening of the hip joint, and more.
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UPDATE: $4.5 Million Awarded to Man Injured by Wright Profemur Hip
June 15, 2015 — Wright has been hit with a $4.5 million jury verdict in favor of a man who was seriously injured when his Profemur R hip replacement failed three years after it was implanted. Click here to read more.
June 2, 2015 — Trial is underway in California on behalf of a man who needed 14 revision surgeries after his Wright Profemur hip replacement failed prematurely. Click here to read more.
The Wright ProFemur Total Hip System is a new type of modular-neck hip implant with a metal-on-metal component in the neck/stem junction. The product is manufactured and sold by Wright Medical Technology. The device uses a wide assortment of interchangeable necks to help an orthopedic surgeon best fit the device to an individual patient.
What is the problem?
The problem with metal-on-metal hip implants is that, over time, the metal parts grinding together can shed toxic nano-particles of chromium or cobalt into the body. Metal debris accumulates around the hip joint, and can cause severe complications that will force a patient to undergo revision surgery for implant failure.
When chromium is absorbed by a white blood cell (the cells responsible for cleaning up debris in the body), they are exposed to oxygen. This causes the chromium to oxidize, corrode, and release toxic charged particles of cobalt. Cobalt is highly soluble, which means that it moves easily into bone, tissue, and the bloodstream. Cobalt is also genotoxic, which means that it destroys cellular DNA and can cause severe tissue damage.
It is unknown what long-term effects these metal ions have on a person’s heath.
Wright Profemur Hip Failure
In 2009, a report from a hip implant registry from the Australian Orthopaedic Association found that the Wright ProFemur hip implant was associated with a 11.2% three-year failure rate.
This statistic suggests that at least one out of nine people have a serious problem with their hip implant that forces them to have revision surgery within three years of getting a hip implant. Several other studies have linked all metal-on-metal hip implants to a high risk of early failure, compared to plastic and ceramic devices.
Hip implants are supposed to last for at least 15 years. When they do not, the patient often must go through revision surgery to fix the broken implant. This additional surgery can be very painful, expensive, and debilitating.
Wright ProFemur Fast-Tracked Through FDA Approval
Most metal-on-metal hip implants, including the Wright ProFemur, were approved under the FDA’s 510(k) system. This system allows for quick approval of new medical devices, and the manufacturers are not required to submit pre-market safety studies. Manufacturers of new devices can gain approval so long as the device is “substantially similar” to an existing device that has already been approved by the FDA.
Unfortunately, not all “similar” devices are safe. A recent study found that metal-on-metal hip implants were associated with a three-fold higher risk of failure after five years compared to plastic or ceramic devices.
Side Effects of a Defective Wright ProFemur Hip Implant
The Wright ProFemur may cause the following side effects. If you were injured by this defective hip implant, you are not alone. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, disability, lost income, and more.
Side effects of a defective hip implant may include:
- Metallosis (metal poisoning)
- Cobalt and chromium in the bloodstream
- Severe pain, swelling, inflammation
- Loosening of the hip joint
- Changes in mobility, walking, or gait
- Difficulty standing
- Growth of non-cancerous pseudotumors
- Tissue damage or death (necrosis)
- Bone loss
- Muscle damage
- Metal debris in the body
- And more
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