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Defective Hip: The Zimmer, Inc. Durom Cup

by on Friday, February 4, 2011

The Zimmer, Inc. Durom Cup (also known as Durom Acetabular Component) was phased out of the market. The company cited low sales as the reason. However, in the spring of 2008, Dr. Lawrence Dorr with Dorr Institute for Arthritis Research and Education Foundation found that an increasing number o f his patients needed revision surgeries after having the Durom Cup implanted. He sent letters to members of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons warning them of the failure rates. It was only then that Zimmer Inc. announced it would stop selling the Durom Cup.

Symptoms of a defective hip implant include: hip, groin, leg or low-back pain; audible clicking or crunching sounds in the hip; sensation that one’s hip is not “in place;” decline in ability to do physical activity.