Hip Replacement Implant Lawsuit

Warning: Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants may come with a number of dangerous risks, such as spontaneous dislocation, loss of mobility and even damage to the nervous system and thyroid gland. The lawyers at Baron & Budd are currently investigating hip replacement lawsuits regarding the potentially serious health problems associated with certain metal-on-metal hip implants, including hip implants manufactured by Wright Medical, DePuy Orthopedics, Smith and Nephew, Stryker, Biomet and Zimmer.

If you know that your hip implant is metal-on-metal, we encourage you to call one of our hip replacement lawyers at 866-394-5079 or click the button below to get started online.

Call Baron & Budd at 866-394-5079 to see if you meet our criteria for a defective hip implant lawsuit. If so, our experienced hip surgery lawyers may be able to get you the compensation you deserve from Wright Medical, the company that manufactured the Conserve® hip implant systems and components.

Conserve® Hip Implants Named in Lawsuits

The Conserve hip resurfacing and replacement implants have a metal-on-metal design, allowing the metal ball to rub against the metal cup causing metal shavings to break off and enter the bloodstream and surrounding organs and tissue.

The problematic line of prosthetic Conserve hip implant devices named in lawsuits includes:

  • Conserve® Plus Total Resurfacing Hip System
  • Conserve® Femoral Surface (Head) Replacement
  • Conserve® Total A-Class Advanced Metal
  • Conserve® Total Hip System

Litigation continues against this manufacturer alleging negligence for defective implants that have caused many serious injuries.

Problems with the Wright Conserve Hip Resurfacing System

The CONSERVE® Plus Total Resurfacing Hip System (Conserve) is a hip joint replacement device designed for active patients. The intent was for the device to “relieve pain and improve hip function.” However, many people who have received the Conserve Hip resurfacing system have experienced painful side effects, the need for corrective surgery, and suffering they did not expect and that the manufacturer failed to disclose.

According to a 2011 study conducted by the National Joint Registry for England and Wales, the revision rate for patients five years after having a Wright Medical hip resurfacing implant is 8%. That means 1 in 12 patients with this hip resurfacing system will have to undergo repeat hip surgery within five years to remove the failed device and replace it with a safer model.

The FDA warned the public about the complications and risks associated with metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implant devices, but only after tens of thousands of patients were implanted with Conserve® hip parts and prostheses. Those with a metal hip implant that includes a metal femoral head and a metal cup is at greater risk for complications than are those who have metal on polyethylene hip implants.

This is due to the metal ball of the femoral head and the metal cup rubbing against each other when a person walks or runs, causing metal pieces to flake off. The metal shavings are then free to roam through the body, ending up in the bloodstream or lodged in surrounding organs and tissue. This can cause a wide range of dangerous and painful side effects.

Failed hip implants require revision surgery, a surgical process that removes the defective metal implant and replaces it with another device. The second, or repeat hip replacement surgery may not resolve damage to the soft tissue or the systemic damage or illness caused by metal shavings in the bloodstream.

Symptoms of Conserve® Hip Resurfacing Failure & Complications

When metal particles flake off and embed themselves into the surrounding tissue or get into the bloodstream, there are many complications and systemic changes that can occur requiring immediate medical attention. The most common complication of the Conserve hip resurfacing system is device failure, but metallosis and internal injuries like tissue death from metal shavings around the hip have occurred.

A few of the problems reported by the FDA’s section dedicated to metal on metal hip dangers and warnings include:

  • Severe pain. This is caused by damage to the bone, tissue, muscle and nerves. The damage can be extensive. Even after the implant is removed, there may still be problems with these systems since metal flakes are left behind and the pain may continue.
  • Metallosis, also known as metal poisoning.
  • General systemic reactions and symptoms of other illnesses.
  • The implant may become loose.
  • Hypersensitive reaction to the metal, possibly a skin rash.
  • Neurological changes, including possible sensory changes such as impaired hearing or vision.
  • Renal function impairment.
  • Thyroid dysfunction.

Symptoms may occur immediately following the implant or even years later. The damage can be extensive. Those suffering from any of these symptoms should consult with their physician immediately.

2016 - 2017 Wright Conserve Lawsuits & Litigation

Many lawsuits have been filed against Wright Medical Technology, the manufacturer of the Conserve MoM hip replacement device, and more suits are expected. In November 2016, the company announced a proposed settlement of lawsuits with approximately 1,300 plaintiffs for a total of $240 million. The settlement has since been accepted by the vast majority of those who qualified.

The 2016 settlement reached in In: Re Wright Medical Technology, Inc. Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation included plaintiffs who had a revision surgery up to eight years after the implant. The company has advised this settles 85% of the claims filed against it, though this has not been independently confirmed.

Current Claims Pending Against Wright Medical

Many claims are still pending in MDL litigation including:

  • 200 claims in which the revision surgery occurred more than eight years after the implant surgery.
  • 300 claims in which the defendant has alleged a statute of limitations defense.
  • About 100 other cases still pending outside of the MDL in various courts.
  • 700 claims by those who have suffered complications, but did not have revision surgery.

Wright Medical is anticipating new claims will be filed as more people experience failure of the Conserve hip implants.

Sources

1. 2009 FDA Approval of Wright Conserve® from online archive: http://wayback.archive-it.org/7993/20170112091921/http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/DeviceApprovalsandClearances/Recently-ApprovedDevices/ucm191091.htm

2. FDA Safety Warning About Dangers of Metal on Metal Hip Devices https://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/MetalonMetalHipImplants/ucm241601.htm
3. Wright Medical Group Settlement Announcement https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2016/11/02/885940/0/en/Wright-Medical-Group-N-V-Announces-Entry-Into-Metal-On-Metal-Hip-Litigation-Settlement-Agreement.html
4. In: Re Wright Medical Technology, Inc. Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation http://www.gand.uscourts.gov/12md2329
5. National Joint Registry for England and Wales –
8th Annual Report (2011) http://www.njrcentre.org.uk/NjrCentre/Portals/0/Documents/NJR%208th%20Annual%20Report%202011.pdf