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The Zimmer Durom Cup is a newer type of hip replacement component, made with a single piece of material. Since it was introduced to the US market in 2006, the cup has been used for total hip replacement (known as hip arthroplasty) in more than 12,000 patients, but many individuals have reported severe pain and the need for additional hip surgeries after having the Zimmer Durom Cup hip replacement implanted. According to the manufacturer, doctors reported post-hip surgery problems "requiring revision" 5.7 percent of the time. In other words, at least 684 patients may require additional hip surgeries after having a Zimmer hip replacement. Some patients have also experienced problems with the Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex knee replacement component.


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Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Replacement

Hip X-RayIn July 2008, after reviewing data on more than 3,000 cases, Zimmer, the world's largest manufacturer of hip replacement parts, suspended sales of the Durom Acetabular Component (Durom Cup) until it can update the label with instructions about special surgical techniques to be followed during total hip replacements.

Because the Indiana-based manufacturer says it did not uncover evidence of any manufacturing defect or design defect, a recall was not issued.

Zimmer Durom Cup Lawsuits

Class action and individual lawsuits have been filed against Zimmer Holdings Inc., claiming it failed to provide proper warnings, instructions and training to surgeons.

In April 2008, Dr. Larry Dorr, a prominent orthopedic surgeon, wrote an open letter to members of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons complaining of Zimmer Durom Cup problems: of 165 Zimmer Cup implants he performed, 14 were "revised or required revision" within the first two years after surgery. Dr. Dorr indicated that the Cup was defective: the fixation surface on the cup was problematic and a circular cutting surface on the periphery of the cup prevented it from fully seating.

One month later, Zimmer sent a letter to healthcare providers indicating they were initiating an investigation into the complaints of Zimmer Durom Cup complications, which led to the suspension of sales in July.

According to a 07/30/10 report in The New York Times Zimmer blamed the problem on Dr. Door's technique and provided the FDA with information indicating that the hip replacement worked as intended. The FDA investigation was then closed.

Senator Seeks Zimmer Information

In July 2010, Senator Charles E. Grassley (R, Iowa) asked Zimmer Holdings to provide information about how it handles complaints about product problems from medical consultants and how it tracks long-term performance of its devices. The request was made after a 06/20/10 article in The New York Times, which outlined two disputes between Zimmer consultants and the device maker—both of which involved consultants claiming there were problems with Zimmer products. In both cases, Zimmer reportedly blamed the technique used to implant the device for the failure.

Zimmer responded to Grassley's request saying it "welcomed the opportunity" to speak with Grassley.

Zimmer advises patients who have received the Durom Cup to contact their doctor if they experience pain more than three months after surgery.

Zimmer Durom Cup Legal Help

If you or a loved one has suffered damages as a result of a Zimmer Durom Cup, you may qualify for damages or remedies that may be awarded in a possible class action or lawsuit. Please click the link below to submit your complaint to a lawyer for a free evaluation.

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Appeal Court Upholds Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Implant Class Action
Appeal Court Upholds Zimmer Durom  Cup Hip Implant Class Action
January 25, 2013
Vancouver, BC (Press Release) “Today, the British Columbia Court of Appeal upheld certification of the Zimmer Durom Cup hip implant class action. Approximately 5,000 Durom acetabular hip implants or “Durom Cups” were sold in Canada between 2005 and 2011. So far, more than 60 Canadians have come forward to participate in the national class action READ MORE

Widow Launches Zimmer Hip Lawsuit
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February 29, 2012
Akron, OH The image is unsettling: the ghostly X-ray of an artificial hip, with the cup still mounted in place to the bone, and the prosthetic ball grossly dislocated and floating well above and beyond where it should have been. The pain and debilitation to the patient, needless to say, is palpable. Little wonder that both studies and prevailing opinion suggest that new-age artificial hips, such as the Zimmer hip, are not all they're cracked up to be READ MORE

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Cheryl Robb
Dr. Lawrence Dorr ruined my life !! He did not put drains in my knee after a knee replacement. My knee surgery took much longer than he had anticipated causing him to miss his flight to Minn. for Thanksgiving. I had arthritis in my knee over 25 years, so it required a lot of cutting which of course caused a lot of blood. I developed a huge hematoma that crushed my peroneal nerve. The pain I have suffered with for all these years has been a nightmare! Also, I could never work again. The first year after the replacement I couldn’t get out of bed without falling. My foot was dead, except for pain. I was on 18 different medications which there were no generics for. So, after several years of not being able to work and all the expensive medication my money was gone, and I could no longer afford medical insurance. Many more awful things transpired due to Dr. Dorr’s negligence. His anger RUINED MY LIFE !! I was only 48 years old at the time! I could not find an attorney to represent me because the only attorney’s that could afford to represent me had represented Dr. Dorr before.
Thank you so very much, Dr Dorr! Sorry to hear you are still able to ruin people’s lives......

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Jozetta Bullock
Hi my name is Jozetta Bullock i’m Having problems with a knee doctor that did my knee surgery in 2010 where it was a recall in 2011 and they did not inform me of it and do not want to help me with problems I ‘be been having read real problems since 11/2017 of the implant of a Zimmer Gender do you’ll handle these kind of implants and have a film in Oklahoma City that do. My cell is 405-626-3528

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Greenville, WI
1st hip replacement Aug 2014, hurt most of the time and not walking the best. Fell wnt to ER ex-rayed nothing broke. Follow up with Ortho Dr., same result and no bruising.. after awhile hip popped out of joint twice with ambulance rides.
2nd hip replaced 1st hip May 2015. Before surgery tested positive with MRSA in nose. After surgery felt good and walking good. End of June 2015 got really sick with fever, chills etc. Put in hospital and removed hip and scrapped out infection. Put in a cement block in hip with antibiotic. Now I live like this for aprox 2 months or more until infection is gone. Then I go for the 3rd hip all three on my write side..

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RTHA in 12/10, LTHA 08/12, both Zimmer. I decided to have these done because of the ongoing pain and inability to walk even short distances secondary to pain. As of this date, nothing has changed; hard to sleep on either side, walking normally impossible. Hoped to go back to work and can’t; can’t sit, stand, walk for extended period. Fired from last job because compromises by employer did not work.

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have had pain since surgery progressing to the point my femur bone and leg hurt most days. I have had imaging, bone scans and a great deal of loss of strength. I cannot skip or hop to play with my grandchild. I just turned 59 and my body feels like it is 80. Until two years ago I worked in a very busy hospital and was always going from one floor to another as a cardiology tech. I cannot even imagine doing this today. My surgeon is excellent but it is hard to hear your just going to hurt.
I see so much about other brands and part as in the discontinued cup, but I can't imagine that I am the only one with these issues.

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Lots of pain, recovery and therapy.

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3 dislocations, hospital stays, pain, reaction to meds they use to put me under, life at a stand still.

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AWFUL AWFUL PAIN and plenty of it. 6 or 7 months later it's still very painful and feels like it's something grinding in my hip when I walk. After about 100 YDS it is so painful that I have to stop and wait a good while before I head back to my chair at home.

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site is lumpy, more pain then when I started, can't walk without pain pills, both sides now are affected as well & my back is feeling worse. I had two surgeries the same day & 13 days afterwards, the hip dislocated causing 3rd surgery.

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Under went a total hip arthroplasty on Jan. 18, 2010. Its now been a full year and I now walk with a slow limp. But especially experiecing a lot of discomfort and pain which is eliminating me from working and normal daily activities. I feel as bad as I did before the operation.

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Severe pain in both hips that interferes with my everyday living. My hips buckle when I am walking or standing. Motion is very painful.

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I am not able to walk like I used too. I cannot lay on that side when I sleep. I have a terrible limp and I am in constant pain every waking hour. I have taken every pain killer on the market, tried every method to stop the pain - yet nothing works. Now I am scheduled to go back next month to have the metal taken out and replaced with plastic. What a horrible life I have been living since January 2007. I had to go to another doctor before I found out what was causing all the pain. The first doctor bailed on me. He told me to get other doctors' opinion. Now I have to pay another doctor to clean up someone else's mess. That is exactly what it is. A horrible mess!

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Am waiting for a 3rd hip replacement and 2nd knee replacement when and if I can get my doctors clearance
Have been unable to walk since 2001, Had a heart attack trying to ambulate. Have had therapy for approximately 6 years Cannot express the depression I fell into.
My husband had to take an early retirement due to the fact I could not be left alone. It has ruined both of our lives. Also having to replace my right knee again. There is not an amount I can ask for that will cover the damage I have endured.


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