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Zimmer Durom® Cup – Acetabular Component Lawsuit

On July 24, 2008, Zimmer Holdings announced that it was suspending sales and marketing of its popular artificial hip device. The device in question is a hip socket known as the Zimmer Durom cup or Zimmer Acetabular Component (Durom Cup).

If you or a loved one have undergone hip replacement surgery that used a Zimmer Durom Cup, you should contact us immediately. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, and/or future medical expenses related to device removal/replacement. 

What’s the Problem?

In July 2008, Zimmer temporarily suspended the marketing and distribution of the Durom Cup  after some U.S. surgeons reported higher-than-normal revision surgery rates (up to 5.7%) using the Durom cup.

One such surgeon was Dr. Lawrence Dorr who publicly warned other orthopedists about the Durom cup failures his patients were experiencing. Below is a copy of the warning sent to Dr. Dorr’s colleagues.

“This NOTICE is to inform you that we have had ten revisions in 165 hips and have four more that need to be revised using the Durom cup.

This failure rate has occurred within the first two years. In the first year the x-rays looked perfect. We have revised four that did not have any radiolucent lines or migration (and John Moreland revised one). These early cups fooled us, but the symptoms were so classic for a loose implant that we operated the patients. When we hit on the edge of the cup it would just pop free. As time goes by the cups begin developing radiolucent lines. We now have one cup at two years that has actually migrated a short distance. It has tilted into varus. We do not believe the fixation surface is good on these cups. Also there is a circular cutting surface on the periphery of the cup that we believe prevents the cup from fully seating. We stopped using the cup after the first revisions.

We have notified Zimmer. The FDA has been notified and we will notify them of our continued revisions. The company does not believe it should pull the cup from the market so I am notifying all of my colleagues of our failure rate with this cup. I went through a similar scenario with the Sulzer cup failures where I was the only one experiencing revisions at the beginning and basically it was assumed that it was our technique. I can assure you that this goes beyond technique. I learned my lesson in not informing everyone about this magnitude of failures with the Sulzer cup problem, so it is my obligation to do so with this cup.”

Since it was first sold in the United States in 2006, the Durom cup has been implanted in more than 12,000 patients.

The orthopedic-device maker has since poured tens of millions of dollars into settlements, setting aside money for future lawsuits.

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Do I Have a Zimmer Durom Cup Lawsuit?

The Medical Device and Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in Zimmer Durom Cup lawsuits. We are pursuing individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Durom Cup hip implant cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one have undergone hip replacement surgery that used a Zimmer Durom Cup, you should contact us immediately. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, and/or future medical expenses related to device removal/replacement.

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