Significant scientific research and a number of adverse event reports have brought to light the fact that the metal-on-metal construction of the Wright Conserve artificial hip joints can lead to serious injury and early hip implant failure. Patients suffered pain, immobility, or even hip implant revision surgery after being fitted with a potentially defective Wright Conserve hip.
The problems with Wright hips are a result of the metal-on-metal construction of the artificial hip socket and are common to all artificial hips built in this manner. In fact, metal-on-metal hip systems, including the Wright Conserve hip, the DePuy Pinnacle, and the Stryker Rejuvenate, have been associated with such a high rate of injury and failure that the FDA has devoted an entire section of their website to educating consumers about the dangers posed by these products.
When the metal pieces of the artificial hip joint rub against each other, the friction they create can cause tiny shards of metal to be released into the blood stream, which can lead to pain, infection, injury, and even metal toxicity.
The Wright Conserve hip system was compared to other hip implants in the Eighth Annual Report issued by the National Joint Registry for England and Wales in September 2011. Shockingly, the researchers identified a 7.99% rate of failure within five years of implantation with a Wright hip while other hip systems had an average five year failure rate of 4.36%. The only hip system that had a higher rate of early failure than the Wright system was the DePuy Pinnacle, which was recalled because it harmed so many patients.
The metal-on-metal construction of the Wright hip has led to a number of serious injuries and complications, including but not limited to:
- Broken bones
- Hip joint dislocation
- Difficulty walking
- Changes in gait
- Difficulty putting weight on affected hip
- Noises such as clicking coming from the implant
In some cases, recipients of Wright hips have even been diagnosed with a dangerous form of metal toxicity known as metallosis, which is a result of small shards of chromium and cobalt entering the blood after they are released from the metal implant parts. Metallosis can be fatal, and it can also cause the following serious complications:
- Cognitive impairment
- Necrosis: tissue or bone death
- Nerve damage
- Compromised heart muscle
- Interference with the thyroid gland
In some cases, the only way to alleviate the symptoms of Wright hip implant failure is to remove and replace the faulty device in a painful and costly operation.
Can I file a lawsuit if I have have been injured by the Wright Conserve Hip Implant?
Possibly. If a manufacturer produces a dangerous or defective product, it can be held responsible to those who are injured as the result of inadequate warnings, under a legal theory known as “product liability.” Depending upon the particular circumstances of your case, damages may include recovery for any of the following:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Emotional distress
If you or a loved one has been harmed by the Wright Conserve Hip Implant, you should contact your doctor immediately. You may also wish to contact an experienced Wright Conserve Hip Implant lawyer to discuss your legal options. As all legal claims are subject to time limits, however, you may risk forfeiture of your right to financial compensation if you delay.