The Wright Conserve Plus hip device has caused dangerous side effects for patients at an unacceptably high rate. As increasing numbers of patients have been injured by metal ion toxicity from the Conserve device and have undergone hip revision surgery, lawsuits have been filed across the nation. Even though there are a large amount of lawsuits in the pipeline, Wright Technology has yet to issue a recall for the Wright Conserve Plus hip device.
If you or a loved one have had a Wright Conserve hip device installed and believe it left you vulnerable, contact Pope McGlamry for a complimentary legal consultation as soon as possible.
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Wright Conserve Hip Failure Symptoms
Wright Medical Technology introduced its Conserve metal-on-metal hip implants to surgeons for distribution in 2006 after obtaining FDA approval through a quickened 510(k) approval process, through which they only had to show substantial similarity to a hip replacement device already on the market. Use of the 510(k) approval process allowed the company to avoid the more rigorous device testing demanded by the alternative Pre-Market Approval process.
The Conserve device consists of a cobalt-chromium femoral head placed within a cobalt-chromium acetabular cup. Because the head and cup components grind together, they often release toxic amounts of metal wear debris into the body. This toxic metal wear debris has caused thousands of Wright implant patients to develop:
- Elevated cobalt and chromium ion levels
- Necrotic tissue
- Fluid buildup
Many of these patients have ultimately undergone hip revision surgeries to have the Wright Conserve device removed and replaced with a safer implant.
Wright Fails To Warn Surgeons of Conserve Risks
When Wright Medical first marketed and sold the Conserve device in 2006, the company failed to warn implanting surgeons and patients of these hazards, even though they were known to the medical device community at the time. Instead, Wright marketed the device towards younger and more active patients, claiming that the device would preserve bone in younger patients, that it would wear less than metal-on-polyethylene devices previously distributed and that it would last for 15 to 20 years.
Unfortunately, numerous studies have shown that Wright’s marketing claims were false and that the device has had an unusually high early failure rate due to metal ion wear and toxicity.
In 2011, the National Joint Registry for England and Wales published an annual report finding an unacceptably high 8.36% revision rate within five years of implantation for the device.
That revision rate was second only to that of the DePuy ASR hip device. The DePuy ASR implant was recalled by Johnson & Johnson in 2010 and was the subject of consolidated litigation which ultimately led to a $2.5 billion settlement in 2013 designed to compensate 8,000 patients harmed by that device.
Wright Conserve Lawsuits
Pope McGlamry is on the national co-lead counsel for Wright Medical’s Conserve Metal-On-Metal Hip Implant Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2329) consolidated before The Honorable William S. Duffey, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.