|Sulzer Hip Replacement Cases Handled Nationally.|
On December 8, 2000, Sulzer Orthopedics recalled its Inter-Op acetabular
shell for hip implants sold primarily in the U.S. after October, 1999, with
a small number of lots sold after July, 1997. Approximately 17,500 patients
were affected by the recall.
The hip implant part is the acetabular "shell" that is implanted
into the upper part of the hip called the acetabulum. Normally, the bone
would form an integrated bond with the shell; however, it appears that bone
does not always bond with shells when the lubricant residue is present.
Sulzer has stated that after introduction of the product in the United
States, it began receiving reports of post-operative loosening of a number
of the shells. According to the company, testing of the shells revealed
a lubricant residue that was used in the manufacturing process. This residue
may cause a reaction in your body that prevents your bone from bonding with
the hip implant. Loosening of the shell may occur because of this reaction.
According to company tests a number of patients who received the shell during
their total hip replacement have experienced loosening of the shell. Sulzer
states that there are specific hip symptoms associated with this problem.
These symptoms include:
Acute pain in your inner thigh or groin
Pain when arising from a seated position
Pain with standing
In ability to bear weight on the leg.
These symptoms may be caused by the shell being loose from the bone.
Patients who are experiencing these symptoms are encouraged to contact their
physician. Your doctor may recommend surgical removal of the part if they
exhibit symptoms of loosening.
Your surgeon can retrieve the specific lot number used in your hip replacement
surgery from your medical records, in order to determine if the hip shell
you received is covered by the recall.
If you want to preserve a potential legal claim for a defective medical
product you believe you received, you should contact an attorney promptly,
since all states have mandatory time periods in which lawsuits must be filed
with the courts; otherwise, they may be forever barred.
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