Hip replacement surgery was first performed in the early 1960s and has become more common over the last six decades. Today more than 300,000 total hip replacements are done every year in the U.S.
During a total hip arthroplasty procedure, bone and cartilage damaged by arthritic conditions, previous fractures or injury is removed and often replaced with a two-piece modular stem hip replacement device.
Modular stem hip replacement systems were developed to give surgeons a way to adapt and customize the device to the needs of the patient by enabling the surgeon to adjust for leg length and proper alignment during a total hip arthroplasty. The result was increased muscle function and overall stability.
New concerns about DJO Surgical’s Encore Alfa II Modular stem systems
Meyers & Flowers is highlighting an upcoming article in The Journal of Arthroplasty that is warning surgeons and the public about new concerns surrounding DJO Surgical’s Encore ALFA II Modular Stem system’s viability over time.
Titled High Failure at a Minimum 5-Year Follow-up in Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty Using a Modular Femoral Trunnion, the article cautions against the use of DJO Surgical’s ALFA II modular hip system. According to the researchers, a significant number of patients in the study who had the ALFA II Modular femoral system implanted needed revision surgery due to fractures, instability and dislocation. The researchers’ study noted:
- An increased risk of fretting and corrosion
- A higher risk of implant dissociation or fracture.
The authors concluded the Encore ALFA II Modular Stem system in the study demonstrated a high failure rate when compared to similar designs.
What does this mean for Encore ALFA II Modular Stem system patients?
A patient who has had a hip replacement using a DJO Surgical Encore ALFA II Modular Stem device may experience:
- Bone Loss/Osteolysis
- Loss of mobility including an impaired range of motion
- Hip dislocation
- Bone fracture around the implant area
Revision surgery may be needed to address serious pain or dangerous health conditions caused by the DJO Encore ALFA II Modular hip system device.
How Meyers & Flowers can help ALFA II Modular stem system patients
Meyers & Flowers has helped thousands and thousands of patients injured by defective hip devices such as the ALFA II Modular stem system.
They have prosecuted large corporate medical device manufacturers such as DJO Surgical, DePuy, Stryker, Smith & Nephew, and Johnson & Johnson. Our team of attorneys has successfully won billion- dollar and million-dollar awards on behalf of the many clients who have been hurt by negligent medical device manufacturers.
If you or a family member have experienced an injury due to the Alfa II Modular system, Meyers & Flowers is ready to help. Contact the our team to explore your legal options at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 877-221-2511.