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28 Jan 2015

Bellwhether Trial Set For Wright’s CONSERVE Hip System This Spring

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As early as March 2015, multidistrict litigation could begin against the defective hip implant manufacturer Wright Medical Technology. Almost 1,000 lawsuits have been filed against the medical device producer since September of 2014. These lawsuits were consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Unfortunately, the number of filed suits only represents a fraction of patients who are suffering from the CONSERVE hip implant system.

Wright Medical Technology produces a number of different joint replacement implants. The CONSERVE hip implant system is designed to provide long-term support with minimal wear and tear, making it an ideal option for younger individuals requiring surgery who still wish to lead an active lifestyle. The implant device utilizes the cobalt and chrome cup and ball design, which mimics a real hip joint. This particular implant uses larger components with the hope that it would reduce the risk of dislocation.

However, many patients suffer from severe complications associated with this device. Many times, these complications vastly outweigh the benefits provided by the product. Wright is not the only company to come under heavy scrutiny from their hip implant products. In fact, the United State Food and Drug Administration has set up an entire website dedicated to these complications.

Unlike many other hip implants, the CONSERVE system is associated with some unique risks, beyond those of other hip devices. During running or walking activities, the metal ball and cup rub together in a way that causes metal particles to break off and enter the blood stream. This can cause an adverse reaction to organs or surrounding tissues. This damage can lead to a wide variety of side-effects, including:

  • Debilitating pain
  • Swelling
  • Implant loosening
  • Difficulty walking
  • Numbness
  • Fractures
  • Infection
  • Device failure

Usually, when these complications occur, patients will require revision or replacement surgery. Additionally, because the metal in the blood stream is toxic to humans, patients with the CONSERVE hip system can suffer from even more serious health problems.Cardiomyopathy, neurological damage, kidney problems, and thyroid issues are some of these complications.

The CONSERVE system was quickly approved in 2009. The devices did not have to undergo strenuous clinical trials due to the FDA’s 510(k) fast-track process. If you or someone you know has been harmed by this defective device, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical costs, injuries, lost wages, and other damages. Call our award winning defective hip replacement attorneys today at (866) 280-4722. There are no fees at all unless we are able to reach a settlement for you. If you have a case, we will get started on it right away to secure the most compensation possible.

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