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The Profemur hip implant system was designed to offer a solution for individuals suffering from hip pain and mobility issues, promising improved quality of life through advanced medical engineering. However, despite its innovative design, patients have reported a range of serious complications stemming from device failure. Understanding the mechanisms and consequences of these failures is crucial for affected patients:

  • Fracture of the Implant: One of the most critical issues with Profemur hip implants is the risk of the implant fracturing. The stem component, which is inserted into the femur, or thigh bone, can break under normal use and stress. This type of failure often results in sudden, severe pain and loss of mobility, requiring emergency surgery to replace the broken implant.
  • Implant Loosening: Over time, the implant may loosen in the bone, leading to instability, pain, and an increased risk of falls. Loosening can be caused by wear and tear of the implant’s components or poor integration of the implant with the bone. This condition often necessitates revision surgery to secure or replace the implant.
  • Metallosis: Some Profemur implants are made from metal-on-metal components, which can wear down over time, releasing metal particles into the surrounding tissues and bloodstream. This can lead to metallosis, a type of metal poisoning that causes pain, inflammation, tissue damage, and even systemic health issues such as neurological and cardiac problems.
  • Osteolysis: The body’s reaction to the metal particles can also lead to osteolysis, where the bone around the implant begins to deteriorate. This bone loss can further destabilize the implant and complicate future surgical interventions.

 

Recognizing Symptoms of Potential Profemur Failure

Patients with Profemur hip implants should be vigilant for symptoms that may indicate failure, including:

  • Sudden, severe hip pain or groin pain
  • Swelling and inflammation around the hip
  • Difficulty walking or a change in walking pattern
  • Noise from the hip joint (popping, grinding, or clicking)
  • Increased levels of cobalt or chromium in the blood, indicative of metallosis

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to seek medical attention immediately. Unfortunately, if the Profemur implant fails, it often leads to a costly, difficult, and painful revision surgery. Contacting a law firm with experience in medical device litigation, like KBA[hyperlink contact page], can provide you with the necessary legal guidance and support to address these serious concerns.

FDA Takes Action Due to High Failure Rate of Profemur

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plays a critical role in monitoring the safety and effectiveness of medical devices, including hip implants like the Profemur system. Over the years, the FDA has received numerous adverse event reports related to Profemur hip implants, prompting investigations and regulatory actions. These reports have highlighted issues such as implant fractures, premature wear, and unexpected failures, leading to patient harm and the need for revision surgeries.
In response to these concerns, the FDA has issued recalls and safety communications regarding specific lots and components of Profemur hip systems that were identified as having a higher risk of failure. These actions are part of the FDA’s commitment to ensuring the safety of medical devices and protecting patients from potentially harmful products. The agency continues to monitor post-market data and encourages healthcare professionals and patients to report any complications associated with hip implants.

Our Expertise and How We Can Help

Our law firm[link to Whitney Butcher bio page] has extensive experience in handling complex medical device litigation, including holding national leadership positions in other hip implant litigations. We have a deep understanding of the medical and legal issues involved in Profemur hip implant cases, and we are well-equipped to navigate the challenges these cases present. Our approach includes:

  • Comprehensive Case Evaluation: We meticulously review each client’s medical records, the circumstances of their implant failure, and the impact on their life.
  • Expert Resources: We collaborate with medical experts, engineers, and other specialists to substantiate the claims of device failure and its consequences on our clients’ health.
  • Aggressive Advocacy: Our attorneys are relentless in pursuing the maximum compensation for our clients, whether through settlement negotiations or at trial.

If you or a loved one has suffered from complications related to a Profemur hip implant, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering, medical expenses, and more. These failures not only compromise patients’ health and well-being but also impose unexpected financial burdens due to medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. At KBA, we believe that justice should be accessible to everyone, which is why we offer free initial consultations and work on a contingency fee basis—you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we win your case. Contact KBA today to see how we can help you on your journey to recovery and justice.