The Zimmer Durom Cup was designed to be a new type of hip replacement component made from a single piece of material.  First marketed in the United States in 2006, the cup became very popular and has been used in at least 12,000 surgical procedures.

            Since that time, however, both the manufacturer and orthopedic surgeons have noted post-hip surgery complications requiring additional surgeries in about 5.7 percent of the patients.  The problems with the Zimmer Durom Cup first came to light in 2008 when a prominent orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Larry Dorr, wrote a letter to American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons complaining of the Zimmer Durom Cup.  According to Dr. Dorr’s letter, of the 165 Zimmer Cup implanted in his patients, 14 were revised or required revision within the first two years after the surgery. 

            Dr. Dorr stated he believed the Zimmer Durom Cup was defective.  He believed the fixation surface of the cup was an issue as well as the circular cutting surface on the edges of the cup that prevented the cup from fully seating.  After Dr. Dorr’s letter, Zimmer Corporation sent letters to doctors advising that they were conducting an investigation into complaints of the Zimmer Durom Cup.

             In July 2008, after reviewing its own study, Zimmer announced that they were suspending sales of its Durom Cup until it could refine instructions for the surgical technique of implanting the cup.  Although Zimmer claimed that it first became aware of the problems from Dr. Dorr’s 2008 letter; Senator Charles Grassy of Iowa has demanded Zimmer provide information to his Senate Subcommittee about how it handled complaints regarding its medical products.  According to a New York Times article, Zimmer’s own consultants complained that the device was not working properly, but Zimmer continued to blame the surgical procedures… not the device. 

            If you, or someone you love, have been injured by a Zimmer Durom Cup, call the product liability attorneys of Roberts & Roberts.  For over 30 years, the personal injury and product liability lawyers of Roberts & Roberts have been representing consumers in claims against manufactures for unsafe and defective products.  The lawyers of Roberts & Roberts have gained a national reputation holding manufacturers accountable for their products.  They have the skills, resources, and expertise to help.  Call them.  The call costs you nothing… it could mean everything.

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