St. Louis Wright Conserve and ProFemur Hip Lawyers

At this time, our medical device lawyers are conducting free Wright Conserve and Wright ProFemur lawsuit consultations through the St. Louis and Metro-East Illinois areas. If you have suffered painful and debilitating side effects of a potentially defective Wright hip, you could be entitled to significant financial compensation.

Problems with Wright Metal-on-Metal Hips

Both the Wright Conserve and the Wright ProFemur hip replacement systems are metal-on-metal hip implants. These Wright hips and metal-on-metal hips made by other manufacturers have become the subjects of thousands of dangerous medical device lawsuits because friction caused when metal components of the hips rub against each other with normal and expected use can cause small shards of metal to slough off and enter patients’ blood streams. This can lead to multiple very serious and painful side effects such as:

  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • Metallosis: dangerous metal poisoning of the blood
  • Hip implant dislocation or loosening
  • Bone and tissue death
  • Pseudo-tumors
  • Difficulty walking or standing
  • Premature hip implant failure
  • Hip implant revision surgery

Most experts say that a hip implant system should remain strong and functional for at least 15 years. However, a study by the Australian Orthopaedic Association in 2009 found that 11.2% of patients with the Wright ProFemur Z hip system experienced hip implant failure and required revision surgery within three years of implantation.

Some experts state that the only hip system with a higher rate of revision surgery than the Wright Conserve hip is the DePuy Pinnacle hip. Other metal-on-metal hips associated with a high rate of failure include the Stryker Rejuvenate, Stryker ABG II, and the DePuy ASR hip.

Rushed FDA Approval of Wright ProFemur and Conserve Hips

Both the Wright Conserve and the Wright ProFemur him systems were rushed through FDA approval under the 510(k) process. Under this process, a device does not need to go through thorough testing to gain approval if it can be proven to be significantly similar to another model already on the market. Unfortunately, it has since become evident that the older metal-on-metal hips upon which 510(k) status was based for these Wright hips was also defective and subject to fretting, corrosion, and premature implant failure.

Wright Hip Lawsuit Consultations in St. Louis, Metro-East Illinois

The dangerous medical device attorneys at our St. Louis and Metro-East Illinois offices are currently conducting free legal consultations to review Wright Conserve and Wright ProFemur lawsuit claims. Individuals who have suffered from early implant failure, metallosis, infection, and other serious Wright hip side effects could be entitled to compensation for their pain, medical expenses, and other damages. We invite you to contact us to learn more about your potential right to compensation in a Wright hip lawsuit.