Lawsuit Filed Against Wright Hip System Manufacturers

The failures of yet another hip implant were recently exposed by a Colorado woman who claims that design defects prevented her Wright Profemur Z Total Hip System from properly attaching to her hip, resulting in intense pain and the need for additional revision surgery.

Janet Pommrehn filed a product liability suit against the makers of the hip replacement system after it was discovered that her Wright Conserve Plus Cup was loose inside her hip, barely connected by fibrous tissue.

Pommrehn is not alone in her struggles with the flawed hip implant. An alarming report by the Australian Joint Registry found that the device has an 11.2% failure rate after just three years. A design flaw allows the hip system to bend and break prematurely, causing the implant to break and often leading to permanent injuries.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued mandatory recalls for other hip implants that have lower failure rates, including the DePuy ASR hip system. And the agency’s own adverse reporting database reveals that there have been at least 10 failures of the Profemur Z hip system in the last five months. However, the dangerous and defective medical device continues to remain on the market.

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