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The Reality of a Wonky Zimmer Hip

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Mahwah, NJZimmer hip debate continues as to whether or not the Zimmer Durom Cup is defective. While it was briefly redacted from the market a few years ago after patients were complaining of failure, Zimmer focused on more stringent training for doctors and surgeons performing the procedure, rather than undertaking an outright recall of a device some view as defective. Those surgeons who have updated their training according to Zimmer criteria—and are willing to do so—have resumed implanting the controversial Durom Cup.

Others say that in deference to an estimated failure rate of about 5.7 percent is the corresponding 94.3 percent chance that the Durom Cup will succeed.

Still, the emergence of lawsuits against Zimmer over its Zimmer hip replacement system known as the Durom Cup suggests that there have and may continue to be problems with the prosthetic hip.

And not just the Durom Cup, either. Shirley, a Zimmer patient writing from Mahwah, New Jersey, noted in a submission to the Web site Topix in April that she had the Zimmer VerSys System ("titanium w/polyethylene liner non cement plasma sprayed"), and says she feels "awful…

"I strongly believe I have metallosis & discussed it with my doctor but she doesn't know where to send me for test! I have painful abrasions in my eyes. My forehead down to under my eyes is in pain. It feels like a weight is on my head. Hearing loss and ringing in my ears, always. Sometimes the ringing is very loud. Shooting pain through my head and ears. I wear glasses and the arms from the glasses on my ears, hurt. Nausea & dizziness. Memory loss, inability to find words, no comprehension."

Beyond that, Shirley indicated that her Zimmer hip was painful when she sits or bears weight. She's concerned about the increased levels of metallic toxicity in her blood.

Joe Dean Krack and Gerald Krack also had issues with a Zimmer Inc. hip replacement system—again, the VerSys system. Plaintiff Joe Dean Krack claimed that the Zimmer VerSys hip he received in July 2005 was defective and caused him pain, weakness and disability due to an issue with the femoral head associated with the device. Krack underwent revision surgery in October 2009; He filed a lawsuit against Zimmer in the fall of last year.

While pain can be expected immediately following surgery and in the days and weeks to come, such pain should eventually fade due to healing. However, with Zimmer Durom Cup hip replacement, such pain for some lingered for a greater period. Meanwhile, it has long been held that about 15 percent of artificial hips under normal use would require replacing after about 35 years.

Some feel the almost 5.7 percent failure rate for the Zimmer Durom Cup in patients who received the device prior to July 2008 remains excessive.

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READER COMMENTS

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Jacquelineand Charlie, I have a versys and since 2007 I have had difficulty in walking stiffness headaches hip pain loss of balance. I have gone to 5 neurologists, 7 surgeons 2 allergists 7 regular doctors. I am being treated for nothing . the surgeons refuse to acknowledge any any of my symptoms as hip related. the neurologist say its the implant causing the issues but they cant prove it. last month sonogram showed a growth at the trunion of the stem and ball. surgeons still refuse to help stating they had no report of growth so it wasn't there. my research revealed that all the surgeons had received payments from the hip companies. I found this info at open payments data cms. I also found the large local hospital they work for received millions of dollars from medical companies.you should check your doctors and hospital at that site. four of the major hip companies were fined 325 million dollars in 2006 for bribing doctors and hospitals, the doctors I have seen acted totally ignorant of any problems with metal hips.they refuse to check blood ,mris, and sonograms. they look at xrays and say the hip is functioning perfect and refuse all complaints of pain or difficulty in walking

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Hey Charlie! I am experiencing the same thing! I am 39years old and headed for my second hip replacement to replace the zimmer versys system I have. I too have been told that theres nothing that can be done because its not a durum cup. Today marks 5yrs since I had it put in and have not had a painless day yet! I go get it redone on may 13. I would love to know if there are more people out there having the same issues as us with these implants.

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I had my zimmer versys implant put in in late 2009 and it started to go bad within 14 months. it started to bind and they told me to go to physical therapy which they put me in for 2 years. after that insurance said they would not cover the therapy anymore. I went to Bon Secour Orthopedic Clinic in Port Jervis, NY they finally found out 4 years later that I had micro movement in the implant. I have been on oxycodone 30mg 2 tablets every 6 hours and 6 10 mg tablets of methadone ever since then. I am currently on SSD and cant work. I know there are two different kits in my body as I woke up during the operation and heard them say there are complications. no one documented this obviously protecting themselves. I need a lawyer that will take my case but everyone tells me that its not a durum cup so they cant take the case. if anyone is out there going through the same thing please call me and maybe we can get this done toghether. thanks for reading my article.

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