Every hip prosthesis device on the market serves a unique purpose and should you find yourself in the place to undergo hip replacement surgery, the device used will be dependent on how badly the joint is damaged and what it will require to restore mobility.
Zimmer is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of prosthetic devices created with the purpose of replacing injured joints and it comes as no surprise that its ProxiLock Hip Prosthesis has come under investigation following the recalls of similar devices by Stryker, DePuy and other competitors due to massive numbers of hip replacement lawsuits. While no recall has been issued to date, it is important to note that recent research has suggested patients may have claims should they experience complications with the ProxiLock implant.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has represented hundreds of individuals with defective hip implant devices. Our experience litigating defective hip cases makes our office uniquely qualified to represent you in a claim or lawsuit involving a Zimmer Proxilock device. We encourage you to contact our office for a free case review where we can discuss your legal options and how we can help you.
Factors that may Lead to Selection of the ProxiLock over Alternative Devices
If you suffer from osteoarthritis, your condition is the cause of several key complications that can result in the deterioration of your joints— more specifically the hip joint. The conditions that often accompany osteoarthritis include the following.
- Loss of cartilage near the joint. The cartilage that covers the bones surrounding the hip joint serves several functions. It acts as a shock absorber, protects the bones by keeping them from grinding against each other and allows movements of the hip to occur smoothly. Loss of this cartilage is the primary factor in most of the conditions that follow.
- Friction caused by insufficient lubrication. The cartilage includes a very thin membrane that is responsible for lubricating the joint in the same manner that the parts of a machine which rub against one another are coated with oil. When the cartilage is damaged, this membrane is destroyed and the lack of lubrication creates friction that results in pain and wears down the bones of the joint.
- Bone spurs. When the bones rub against each other over an extended period of time, they can cause spurs to form which cause pain and inflammation inside of the joint. This eventually results in the loss of mobility.
The choice to replace your hip with a prosthesis is normally the last resort and your doctor may attempt to prevent damage to your hip and other joints through a combination of medicine, physical therapy and exercise regimen. When these options have failed, your doctor will ask you to consider hip replacement surgery. Since the damage caused by osteoarthritis occurs gradually, the hip joint is often severely damaged by the time this option is considered and needs to be replaced completely. The ProxiLock Hip Prosthesis was designed for procedures that require complete reconstruction on the femoral side of the joint during a total hip replacement.
Research Reveals a Flaw in the ProxiLock that Can Cause Fractures
When performing a hip replacement procedure, the surgeon must place a metal stem into the center of the femur, attach the stem to a ball which will fit into the new socket and then implant the socket before inserting a spacer to allow the joint to move naturally and without any friction. The design of the ProxiLock stem may be flawed and research has linked the devices to an increased risk that patients will experience a fracture of the femur following surgical implantation of the device. Of those who suffered fractures after receiving ProxiLock implants, the vast majority needed to undergo costly revision surgery to address the damage and to repair the stem.
Due to the link between these procedures and postoperative fractures, patients may be able to file hip replacement lawsuits against Zimmer with medical product liability claims. Device manufacturers are accountable for any injuries that result from a flaw in product design or for the use of materials that result in the failure of the device. As cases continue to mount against hip replacement manufacturers in general, there is anticipation that recent investigations into the ProxiLock Hip Prosthesis will result in lawsuits.
If you received a defective Zimmer ProxiLock hip replacement, you may be entitled to compensation for the cost of any revision procedures, out of pocket expenses, pain and suffering and economic losses that have resulted from your injuries. To learn more about your rights and how the law applies to your case, you can arrange a free consultation with Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers. Our attorneys have successfully recovered compensation on behalf of hundreds of clients filing hip replacement lawsuits and we would be happy to review your legal options with you before you determine whether you would like to file a claim.
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