Complete hip replacement surgery or total hip arthroplasty (THA) is a big deal. THA is a dangerous and painful surgery that is only considered when there is no relief from physical therapy and medication. Patients who receive hip replacement surgery have the following symptoms:
• Constant pain that affects sleep and rest
• Inability to engage in everyday activities such as walking because of extensive pain
• Little or no relief from pain medications
• Difficulties standing from a seated position
• Difficulties walking up or down stairs
Hip replacement surgery is designed to alleviate the pain and allow patients to go about their lives. However, when the hip replacement fails, patients can be in far more pain than before the surgery.
The Zimmer Durom Hip Cup, which is also called an acetabular cup, prosthetic hip, or artificial hip component, has been marketed in the United States since 2006. In the United States, the Durom Hip Cup is used in complete hip replacement surgeries or THA’s. Between 2006 and 2008, more than 12,500 people received a Zimmer Durom Hip Cup implantation.
In 2008, sales of the Zimmer Durom Cup were suspended by Zimmer Holdings, the country’s largest maker of artificial joint and other orthopedic devices. The suspension came after many reports from of hip cup failure.
The hip cup fails to bond does with the existing or host bone in some patients. This causes the hip cup to fail to implant and patients must undergo additional hip surgeries in order to correct the problem.
Symptoms of hip replacement failure:
• Recurring startup pain; pain felt while rising from a chair, bed, sofa, or car
• Recurring stiffness, pain, or limp for up to 20 steps after rising
• Sharp pain in the groin when moving from a bending to upright position
• Difficulty in going down stairs or up stairs
• Lack of walking endurance
• Use of a cane while outside
In some cases, the Durom Hip Cup may implant, but become loose after surgery. This can cause recurring pain and other symptoms.
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