The Sulzer Hip Implant was an artificial hip used in hip replacement procedures. The hip surgery involves replacing the natural hip with a mechanical replacement hip that is made up of a ball-and-socket joint. The metal ball is then mounted on a stem that fits into the femur. The socket is created after the acetabulum is installed in the surface of the pelvis.
Why Was the Sulzer Hip Implant Recalled ?
In 2000, many of the patients that received the sulzer hip implant complained about the increasing pain. The manufacturer, Sulzer Orthopedics investigated the matter to determine the issue. The manufacturer found that the "acetabular shell" was defective. This portion of the hip implant is inserted into the upper portion of the hip and is designed to bond with natural bone.
An oily residue was mistakenly left on the shell during the manufacturing process. This oily residue prevents the "acetabular shell" from bonding with the bone. This caused the hip implants to fall apart within the body, causing serious harm to the patient. Patients implanted with the defected product experienced pain in the groin and inner thigh area, as well as pain when rising from a seated position. Due to these painful and severe symptoms, many of the patients needed revision surgery.
How Many Sulzer Hip Implants Have Been Recalled?
In December 2000, Sulzer Orthopedics recalled all of its acetabular shells issued after October 1999 and some units sold after July 1997. This affected 17,500 patients. Sulzer has offered a class action settlement valued at $1 billion. Since the suzler hip and knee recall, there have been around 1,200 lawsuits that were filed against Sulzer Orthopedics.
In an effort to try and settle the matter quickly, there was a class action settlement that exceeded $1Billion that offered a monetary award to the victims of the recalled sulzer replacements. The class action settlement also gives qualified class action members the right to receive other benefits depending on their individual circumstances.
If you or a loved one has been injured from using a Sulzer Hip Implant, you should see your doctor immediately. If you have suffered injuries as a result, you should contact a personal injury attorney who can help you recover damages for your injury.