Profemur Modular Hip Implant Neck Fractures
The FDA recently announced a Class I recall of the Profemur modular neck used in artificial hips made by MicroPort Orthopedics Inc. A Class I recall is the most serious level of recall used by the FDA, and is only ordered when the agency believes that use of a product may “cause serious adverse health consequences or death.” According to the FDA, the Profemur modular neck may fracture inside a patient's body and cause serious, painful, and debilitating injuries.
If you or someone you love has suffered painful injuries or even hip implant revision surgery after being implanted with a recalled or defective Profemur modular neck, you may be able to recover substantial compensation for your damages. Contact our experienced dangerous product lawyers to learn more.
Details on the Profemur Modular Neck Recall
When a person undergoes hip replacement surgery, the surgeon first removes damaged portions of the hip joint, then replaces them with an artificial hip. Modular hips, including the hip which uses the recalled implant component, allow surgeons to customize the fit of the implant for each patient. In the case of patients receiving a modular hip implant, a femoral head, femoral stem, and modular neck are used. The part affected by this most recent recall is the Profemur Neck Varus/Valgus CoCR.
MicroPort initiated the recent recall after receiving “reports of an unexpected rate of fractures after surgery related to this specific modular neck.” According to the recall notice, “If the modular neck fractures, the patient may experience sudden pain, instability and difficulty walking and performing common task. An acute fracture will require revision surgery to remove and replace the neck and stem components. Acute fracture and emergency revision surgery is a serious adverse health consequence and could lead to neurovascular damage, hematoma, hemorrhage, and even death.”
MicroPort says that nearly 11,000 Profemur modular necks have been affected by this recall. These potentially dangerous medical device components were sold between June 2009 and July 2015 and are labeled as Part 1254. Hospitals and medical device distributors have been instructed to stop using them immediately and identify all patients who have already been implanted with them.
Hip replacement patients who received a Profemur modular neck must remain aware of possible signs of implant fracture, which could include pain, tingling, numbness, difficulty walking on the affected hip. If these or other signs of a fracture occur, immediately contact your doctor. If you are unsure whether you have been implanted with a recalled Profemur modular neck, your doctor will be able to give you more details.
Profemur Modular Neck Fracture Lawsuits
Patients who have suffered pain, immobility, hip implant revision surgery or other problems potentially related to a fractured or defective Profemur modular neck may be owed compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Our dangerous product lawyers are currently investigating Profemur recall lawsuits to ensure that these individuals recover the full compensation they are entitled to. For more information on Profemur fracture lawsuits and to schedule a free evaluation of your potential claim, please contact us today.