Several hundred patients have experienced serious problems and injuries after receiving Durom Cup hip implants in the United States since 2006. But it was a prominent Los Angeles surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Dorr, who created this awareness among other doctors and patients that the problem with this defective medical implant was widespread.
Now, patient advocates are calling for the creation of a joint registry, a national database that tracks how patients with artificial hips and knees are doing, according to this news report. Such a database, they believe, will alert doctors and federal regulators quickly when such devices have a high failure rate and possibly spare numerous patients from severe, painful injuries.
Dr. Dorrâ€™s patients reportedly were back in his office soon after they received the implants, suffering from crippling pain. According to Dr. Dorr, x-rays of patients who received defective Durom Cups, showed that the hip socket was separating from bone rather than fusing with it. Patients were given assurances with the Durom Cup that they wonâ€™t need another replacement for 15 to 20 years. But to them, this product defect means they will have to undergo another painful surgery to have their defective implant replaced.