Sulzer Artificial Hips

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Modified on 2009/10/14 21:52 by admin
In December 2000 Sulzer Orthopedics recalled several thousand artificial hip replacement parts due to an oily substance that was left on the prosthesis during manufacturing. According to Sulzer, the recall may involve some 17,500 hip replacement patients who received the prosthesis after 1997.

The oily substance is found on the Inter-Op acetabular shell. The shell must bond with the patient's natural bone in order to function properly. Sulzer discovered that the oily substance prevents such bonding and leads to pain in the inner thigh or groin, pain when standing, and difficulty placing weight on the leg.

Patients who suffer from these symptoms, or those who believe they may have received a Sulzer hip replacement product, are urged to see their healthcare professional. Some patients may require surgery to remove and repair the defective replacement. Sulzer has admitted responsibility stating: "It's not a fault of the surgeon, it's not a fault of the patient. It was ultimately a fault of one of our products, and we're taking full responsibility for that."

Recently, Sulzer offered a class action settlement valued at approximately $1 billion dollars. It is unclear at this time whether the settlement offer will be accepted. In addition, it may be in the best interest of individual patients to "opt out" of the proposed settlement.

See your doctor if you are concerned about your implant. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

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See Also

  1. Hip Replacement
  2. Hip Joint: Overview
  3. Durom Cup Hip Replacement
  4. Defective Sulzer Hip Replacements: Overview
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