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Oregon Lawsuit Filed over Wright Conserve Hip Replacement Design Issues

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Christine Minton and her husband Michael have filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon against Wright Medical, alleging that the Wright Conserve Hip System caused her to suffer metal blood poisoning and permanent injury.

Minton received the Wright Conserve Hip in February 2007, after which, the lawsuit says, she suffered metallosis a form of toxic blood poisoning caused by the device shedding chromium and cobalt particles into her body.

According to the lawsuit, Minton had to undergo risky revision surgery in 2009 because she was in severe and constant pain, and suffered with loss of mobility. Minton accuses Wright Medical of failing to properly test the Wright Conserve Hip replacement device, as well as manufacturing and selling the defective device.

In May of this year, the FDA requested that manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, like the Wright Conserve Hip replacement device, obtain more information about the level of metal shed by the devices, how dangerous shedding is, and to define metallosis side effects.

The Wright Conserve Hip device was approved by the FDA through the 510(k) fast track program, which allowed Wright Medical to show the device was similar to a product already approved and on the market, instead of having to perform the extensive safety testing required through the normal approval process. disclaimer: This article: Oregon Lawsuit Filed over Wright Conserve Hip Replacement Design Issues was posted on Thursday, December 8th, 2011 at 8:41 pm at and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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