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Wright Hip Replacement: Conserve Systems
The CONSERVE Plus Total Resurfacing Hip System became FDA approved in 2009. This metal-on-metal hip resurfacing, artificial hip replacement system is surgically implanted to replace the hip point. It is referred to as a resurfacing system because the procedure involves only removing the surface of the ball of the hip (the femoral head). The implant then replaces the naturally occurring surface.
The cup (acetabular component) replaces the damaged surface of the hip socket. Then, a cap is used to cover the femoral head, a ball-shaped bone located at the top of the thigh. The cap is attached to the thighbone using a small stem that it inserted directly into the thighbone. The surfaces that rub together whenever there is movement are made of a highly polished metal, giving the system the term: metal-on-metal.
The metal-on-metal design was created in response to demands for younger and more active patients who wanted a more durable hip replacement solution. Unfortunately, metal-on-metal hip implants often come with an array of problems and concerns.
Problems with Wright’s CONSERVE Hip Resurfacing Systems
Metal-on-metal hip implants are prone to wear and corrosion. As they wear, small shards of metal are released into the body, harming the surrounding tissues, bones, and muscles. They can travel in the bloodstream and create a form of metal poisoning that can lead to serious health concerns. These small metal shards can also travel to the vital organs and cause organ failure and even death. As the tissue around the implant is affected, it can also result in a loosening or failure of the hip resurfacing system.
In 2013, the FDA reported that the most common adverse events related to the CONSERVE Plus Total Resurfacing Hip System device included:
- Component migration/loosening
- Trochanteric fracture
- Femoral neck fracture
- Femoral subsidence
Hip pain, difficulty with standing or walking, and hip revision surgery are also problems that may be associated with the CONSERVE System.
According to at least one study, roughly one in 12 CONSERVE implants will need to be replaced or revised within five years. That is failure or complication rate of approximately 8.3 percent. Although there have been no official recalls of this particular hip replacement system, the FDA has informed the public of receiving hundreds of adverse event reports.
Wright Hip Replacement Lawsuits
Those who have been negatively affected by a Wright Medical CONSERVE System may be able to assert a claim for damages against the manufacturer. In fact, a California jury awarded one such victim $4.5 million in 2015. That trial is the first of what is expected to be many Wright Medical hip replacement lawsuits.