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Wright Medical Group specialized in making joint replacement and resurfacing devices. Their OrthoRecon division was sold to MicroPort Orthopedics, Inc., in 2013. MicroPort continues to manufacture the hip components originally sold by Wright.
Wright manufactured the Conserve Acetabular Hip and Wright Medical Conserve Hip Resurfacing System, both metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. Other hip replacement devices made by Wright include the Medical Lineage and Dynasty devices. Wright’s metal-on-metal devices are associated with similar complications as other manufacturers’ metal-on-metal devices, such as loosening, fracture and corrosion.
Many patients may also have experienced severe pain in the hip and groin and loosening in the joint. When used with a PROFEMUR Z stem, the resulting complications can be exponentially worse.
Concerns regarding metal-on-metal joint replacement systems have risen so significantly that the Food and Drug Administration was compelled to issue a warning in January 2013. From here on out, manufacturers must submit applications proving that their all-metal systems are safe and effective or they will not be able to sell them in the United States.
The FDA has also classified a recall of the Profemur Neck Varus/Valgus CoCr 8 Degree modular neck devices as a Class I recall, its most serious kind. The recall applies to parts that were manufactured from mid-June 2009 to the third week of July 2015. Due to the time frame the recall covers, parts may have been manufactured by Wright Medical or MicroPort Orthopedics.
Many individuals have experienced severe complications with Wright hip implants. Some of the ones you should look out for are:
- Limp or decrease in ability to walk
- Swelling in or near the hip joint
- Revision surgery due to device failure
- Femoral neck fracture
- High levels of metal toxicity
- Fretting, which occurs when two opposing surfaces rub together and cause wear damage
These complications may have serious consequences. If you suspect that your Wright hip is defective, considering getting a legal opinion on your options.
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