The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Class I recall for a hip implant device manufactured by Chinese company MicroPort Orthopedics. According to the agency, it was found that the Profemur Long Cobalt Chrome 8 Degree Varus/Valgus Modular Neck, used in hip replacement systems, could fracture after implantation, leading to complications such as sudden pain, instability, and difficulty walking and performing common tasks.
MicroPort’s device is one of many hip implants with unexpected complications. Other devices, such as DePuy’s ASR and Pinnacle hip implants and Zimmer’s Durom Acetabular Component, have been accused of premature failure. These devices have been linked to metallosis, a potentially life-threatening condition caused by the buildup of toxic metal particles released when parts of the metal-on-metal implant abrade against one another.
The FDA states that in the case of an acute fracture of the Profemur modular head, patients will need to receive emergency revision surgery to remove and replace the neck and stem components. Acute fracture and emergency revision surgery can lead to neurovascular damage, hematoma, hemorrhage, and even death.
If you or a loved one was injured by a failed hip implant, contact Lopez McHugh today to speak one-on-one with an experienced hip implant lawyer. You may qualify for legal damages in a hip replacement or hip resurfacing lawsuit.