The Wright Conserve Cobalt Chromium hip devices, often referred to as the “Wright Conserve Hip Cup,” “Wright Conserve Plus Hip Cup,” or just “the Wright Conserve,” and “Wright Conserve Plus” are medical devices that encompass a hip replacement system involving the capping of a patient’s thigh bone with a synthetic ball and the replacement of the patient’s hip socket with a corresponding cup. Both the ball and cup of the Wright Conserve devices are, at least in part, made of metal.
The FDA has received hundreds of adverse event reports on the Wright Conserve devices.
Lawsuits against the Wright Conserve hip replacement manufacturer, Wright Medical Technology, have been filed in federal court.
Several Products Make Up the Wright “Conserve” Hip Replacement Series. Wright Medical’s “Conserve” series of hip replacement implants includes the following four devices and components, which have been named in lawsuits:
- The Conserve Femoral Surface Replacement
- The Conserve Plus Total Resurfacing Hip System
- The Conserve Total A-Class Advanced Metal
- The Conserve Total Hip System
Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements May Cause Life-Threatening Side Effects
Many device manufacturers marketed metal-on-metal hip replacements to relatively young patients, trumpeting the devices’ durability. Many of these frequently untested implants eventually failed, injuring recipients, and necessitating revision procedures. In fact, the failure rate of the metal-on-metal hip replacements manufactured by one device maker, DePuy Orthopedics [LINK], was so high that the company initiated a hip replacement recall.
The FDA now devotes an entire section of its web site to metal-on-metal hip replacements. It notes that metal-to-metal hip recipients may experience the following side effects:
- Hip or groin pain
- Difficulty standing or walking
- Local swelling
- Changes in gait or walking ability
- Clicking sounds coming from the implant
- Joint dislocation
In severe situations, a metal-on-metal hip replacement can fail entirely, requiring medical intervention. These devices fail because the metal components grind together, shedding cobalt and chromium metal ions in recipients’ bodies. Metal poisoning, called “metallosis” in the medical literature, can cause numerous other side effects:
- Tissue damage and death in the hip region
- Weakening of heart muscles
- Interference with the thyroid gland
- Nerve damage
- Cognitive impairment
Research suggests metal-to-metal hips may also cause kidney and bladder cancer.
If you received a Wright Conserve hip replacement and have experienced some of the symptoms listed above, contact your physician promptly. Only a doctor can diagnose Wright Conserve hip replacement failure symptoms.
Wright Conserve Hip Replacement Lawsuits Consolidated
On December 16, 2011, plaintiffs filed a motion with the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) to consolidate all Wright Conserve hip replacement lawsuits so that they are all pending before one federal court. On February 8, 2012, the Judicial Panel considered the evidence and transferred four federal-level Wright Conserve lawsuits to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia before District Judge William S. Duffey. This occurred despite Wright Medical’s assertion that there weren’t enough litigants to form an MDL case.
Multidistrict Litigation is not the same as a class action lawsuit, even though the basic principle of one party injuring many applies. Class action lawsuits usually involve a small injury to a large number of plaintiffs, with compensation divided equally among them. In defective medical device cases, though, the plaintiffs’ injuries differ, so it would be unfair to compensate them equally as in a class action. Instead, plaintiffs maintain their individual claims in MDL, but because their cases share common issues of fact and law, they participate in the same pretrial process. This means they benefit from the same discovery (document exchanges) and uniform rulings in motions before a single judge. After a few bellwether trials help the parties determine the amount of compensation plaintiffs might be able to obtain, the remaining plaintiffs negotiate to settle their cases or choose to go to trial themselves. Importantly, plaintiffs in an MDL proceeding can obtain an amount of compensation relative to their individual injuries.
Reyes Browne Reilley’s Dangerous Device Lawyers Will Make Things Easier
The process of demanding compensation for the harm you have suffered can be complicated, even if it doesn’t seem fair that you should have to go through even more trouble to be made whole again. The Wright Conserve Hip Replacement lawyers at the Reyes Browne Reilley believe obtaining legal satisfaction from those who harmed you should not require more hardship. Why we do everything in our power to streamline the process, and we will file a Wright Conserve Hip Replacement lawsuit on your behalf, if necessary.
We will keep you up to date on any Wright Conserve Hip Replacement class action lawsuits, FDA Wright Conserve Hip Replacement warnings, and Wright Conserve Hip Replacement FDA recall announcements. If you received a Wright Conserve Hip Replacement and believe it harmed you, contact the law offices of Reyes Browne Reilley today.
Reyes Browne Reilley compassionately advocates for those who have suffered dangerous side effects. If you have had a Wright Conserve installed and believed it left you vulnerable, submit the form on this page – or call us 24/7 at 214-526-7900 for a free and confidential legal consultation now.