Karen (not her real name) says that, since getting the Zimmer Durom Cup hip replacement, it has never "felt right" and she has lost a good deal of mobility. "As soon as I got the Zimmer hip I took physical therapy—as much as my insurance would cover—and did exercises at home; I did everything I was supposed to do," she says.
"But I still couldn’t get my balance or strength back," adds Karen. "One doctor said it was because I had a weakness in my gluteus maximus and another doctor said it was due to scoliosis—I had a minor back surgery but that was solved years ago and I don't have a back problem. Finally they just gave up on me and said they couldn't do anymore. I have just learned to do what I can."
To further explain how active she was, Karen taught physical education all her life. Now she finds it hard to walk any distance. "I don't have a lot of pain anymore but it is usually chronic if I walk more than a quarter of a mile in the morning—often I can't walk that far. And I have to walk with a cane. I get a cart to push when I go shopping; I can do without it but my walk is so ungainly and it hurts too much; my whole body limps without it.
"I wanted to see my orthopedic surgeon again but he moved to Kentucky. I did call him with these problems and he sent me to an orthopedic surgeon in Minnesota who did some x-rays and couldn't find anything wrong. No one has told me that I need a bone density test to determine if I have a defective device—I found out about that online.
"I figured I should call the hospital and see what kind of hip I was given. Surprise, surprise, they told me about Zimmer defective hip replacements and sure enough, I have a Zimmer Durom Cup that was recalled. They actually told me that I have one of the defective hips. No wonder I've had all this trouble.
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"Still, I feel lucky that I can do what I can do at my age, but four years have been taken away from me. When my grandkids visit I can't play tag or hide-and-seek anymore. I can barely walk down to the dock—I've fallen quite a few times on uneven ground—and that is hard.
"I've learned to live with it and that's what you have to do at some point, but I would like to join a Zimmer class action; these medical device makers shouldn't be allowed to put defective devices on the market and make money."