According to 2009 data reported by the Australian Orthopaedic Association, Wright Profemur stems demonstrated an 11.2% failure rate at three years following the surgery to implant them. This means more than one in every nine patients who received the Wright implants experienced serious problems within only a few years of their hip replacement surgery.
The following are symptoms that may be associated with Wright Profemur hip implant problems:
- Difficulty standing or walking
- Unusual hip pain
- Loosening of the implant device
- Failure of the hip implant
It is important to note that a number of Wright implant patients have reported that their hip devices fractured, broke, degraded or otherwise failed during normal use. Problems are not limited to situations where unusual activity or stress was placed on the implant.
Allegations in Wright Profemur lawsuits suggest that the product design is defective and potentially dangerous because the femoral stem may fail due to fracture, breaking or degrading.