Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Revision Rates Elevated

(7/24/2008- Indiana) Zimmer Holdings Inc. announced in a press release that it is temporarily suspending marketing and sales of the Durom acetabular component – also known as the Durom Cup – in the United States.

The company also lowered its earnings outlook as a result of the suspension, and its shares fell sharply the day after the announcement was made.

The company will update labeling for the Durom Cup to provide more detailed surgical technique instructions to surgeons, and the company will implement a surgical training program in the United States.

The Durom Cup will continue to be marketed without interruption outside the United States.

Zimmer officials said they are taking this voluntary action to "address [company] concerns regarding reports of cup loosenings and revisions of the acetabular component used in total hip replacement procedures in some patients who have been implanted with the Durom Cup in the United States."

While many U.S. surgeons have had success implanting the cup, a subset of patients have experienced "elevated revision rates" since the product was launched in the United States in 2006, according to the press release. However, this contrasts with "excellent" clinical outcomes reported by surgeons in Europe, who have used a slightly different version of the product since 2003, Zimmer officials said. The product is also used more frequently in hip resurfacing procedures in Europe.

In the press release, company officials said they found no evidence of a defect in the materials, manufacture or design of the implant. However, a number of surgeons – including some with extensive total hip replacement experience – found the component challenging to implant.

The Durom cup has been implanted in more than 12,000 U.S. patients since it was launched in the United States 2 years ago.

In a July 24 New York Times article, Zimmer officials said the sales suspension would cut $20 million to $30 million from the company's sales estimates. Zimmer said it expected that earnings for the year would be $4.05 to $4.10 a share, down from its earlier forecast of $4.20 to $4.25 a share.

If you or a loved one has received a Zimmer Duron Cup Hip Replacement then you should call us toll free now at 1-866-374-0338 because you may be entitled to medical monitoring and compensation from the manufacturer.

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If you or a loved one has been implanted with a Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Implant then please call our office toll free now at 1-866-374-0338 to discuss your legal options or complete the online form. You may be entitled to medical monitoring and compensation from the manufacturer.

The Zimmer Durom recall has affected a large amount of people.  One of the symptoms of having a faulty hip implant is continued pain or discomfort even after the typical healing period.  From what orthopedic surgeons have been able to determine, the separation is what is causing the problem.

In order to qualify for the Zimmer Durom settlement , it is necessary to contact one of the Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Implant representatives waiting to hear from you. 

Elevated numbers have been designated for the Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Revision surgeries that will be necessary to deal with the faulty zimmer Durom hip implants, as the investigation deepens, it seems these numbers are rising.

Once your initial risk free phone assessment is completed you will be in a more informed decision regarding the options available to you.

A specific division has been established at The Johnson Law Firm just to handle the Zimmer Durom recalls.  This was done to ensure that when patients call in they get the service that you deserve.  If nothing else, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to determine if you qualify for a Zimmer Hip Lawsuit .