Hip replacement devices are prosthetic components that replace the damaged bone and cartilage in the hip joint. Hip replacement surgery is recommended when hip pain is consistent even while resting, limits everyday activity, and other treatments like medication and therapy have not relieved the pain.
Wright Medical Group is an orthopedic company that specializes in joint replacement and resurfacing devices. Wright produces a variety of metal-on-metal hip implant devices, including the Conserve Acetabular Hip.
The Wright Conserve devices have proved to cause serious complications in patients due to the metal-on-metal components. Call a Wright lawyer to learn more about how you can hold the manufacturer accountable for any adverse effects you have experienced.
Wright Conserve Hip Replacement
The Wright Medical Conserve Acetabular Hip and Wright Medical Conserve Hip Resurfacing Systems are large-diameter, metal-on-metal hip resurfacing and replacement devices. They are manufactured by Wright Medical Group, an orthopedic company that specializes in joint replacement and resurfacing devices.
The Wright Conserve devices have a femoral head and acetabular cup lining that are both made of cobalt-chromium alloy. Metal-on-metal hip implants are known to cause serious complications in patients, and Wright Medical Group has faced lawsuits in the past over its Conserve devices.
What are Complications of Wright Hip Replacement Devices?
Wright hip replacement devices, like most metal-on-metal devices, are known to cause many complications in patients. These complications include:
- Loosening of the device
- Improper positioning
- Fracture of the device
- Necrosis of tissue surrounding the implant
Metallosis is especially prevalent in metal-on-metal devices. As the metal components move against each other, the friction can release metal debris into the body, leading to metal poisoning or metallosis. Many patients have been found to have cobalt-chromium debris inside their body from metal-on-metal hip replacement devices.
If a patient experiences any of the following symptoms over three months after the hip surgery, they may need additional revision surgery:
- Pain in the hip, leg, or groin
- Joint swelling around the hip
- Difficulty walking
- Clicking, grinding, popping, or squeaking sounds from the hip area
An experienced lawyer can help to calculate the full extent of any complications you’ve experienced from your Wright hip implant.
Have Wright Hip Replacement Devices Been Recalled?
Although there has been no recall of the Wright Conserve hip replacement devices, there has been legal action taken against Wright Medical.
The FDA has also released information for those who have a metal-on-metal hip replacement device and those who are considering a metal-on-metal hip device. The information helps to ensure that patients are aware of the safety risks and can recognize symptoms should they occur.
When Should I Call an Attorney About My Wright Implant?
Although Wright has not recalled the Wright Conserve hip replacement device, they maintain a responsibility to ensure their products are safe and perform as designed. If you have been harmed by the Wright Conserve or another Wright metal-on-metal hip replacement device, you could be entitled to a settlement.
Our Wright lawyers can help if you or someone you care about suffered a severe complication from a Wright Medical hip replacement device.
The criteria for filing a hip replacement lawsuit with our legal team include the following:
- Patient implanted with the Wright Conserve “Dynasty” or “Lineage” hip implant
- Patient had revision surgery to remove the device
- Evidence of metallosis