Several hip replacement attorneys across the country are investigating possible product liability cases on behalf of victims in the U.S. who may have received a recall for a Stryker hip implant replacement.
Due to the design flaws concerning Stryker modular hip replacements, patients are at risk of experiencing the following:
• Metal blood poisoning or metallosis
• Corrosion or fretting of the hip implant
• Failure or loosening of the hip implant
• Hip reconstructive surgery
• Inflammation, swelling, pain, tumors, and localized tissue reactions
Victims may be financially compensated by using an experienced lawyer to help them file a Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant lawsuit who have endured specific problems related to the device or if their health is at risk for serious complications.
Recall for Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Replacement
In July 2012, upon the FDA receiving over 60 adverse reports of metal toxicity that required reconstructive surgery, Stryker finally recalled its ABG II and Rejuvenate hip components in the U.S. and ceased its worldwide production, marketing, and sales of the hip replacement device.
The company then suggested that any patients fitted with the hip implant system who may be experiencing chronic pain to submit to certain medical evaluations such as MRIs, X-rays, and blood tests in order to adequately check for unsafe levels of metal ion. Medical experts recommend that Adverse Local Tissue Reaction usually necessitates surgical intervention and probably reconstructive surgery including ceramic-on-metal modular replacement.
Because the stem elements of a typical hip implant are deeply driven into a person’s femur, this kind of reconstructive surgery is understandably quite difficult for the doctor to perform as well as traumatizing for the victim. In fact, there’s a good chance that the patient’s femur will subsequently fracture during surgery.
One unfortunate patient had to end up getting her femur completely reconstructed following multiple fractures that developed in her thigh bone while undergoing reconstructive surgery. Her doctor informed her that her hip implant’s metal ions caused both the bone and tissue to die, therefore making the bone very weak and vulnerable to continuous fracture and dislocation.
Stryker Hip Replacement Attorneys
Our lawyers are presently investigating possible Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant lawsuits for anyone who has received this particular recalled modular hip system.
People who may have received a Stryker hip implant replacement with a Rejuvenate or ABG II modular neck stem are consistently reporting ongoing swelling or pain at the target site, which typically leads to additional surgery in order to reconstruct or completely remove the hip implant altogether. The recall was initially issued due to these serious issues and could indicate a possible trend.
The Stryker hip implant replacement modular neck stems include a metal neck residing in a metal stem. Even though they were initially advertised with a high-quality design that would allow doctors to customize the hip implant for key elements of a person’s hip biomechanics and personal anatomy, as the metal components continue to rub against one another throughout the day during common daily activities, tiny microscopic metal shavings were released into the patient’s body, thus surrounding vital tissue and eventually entering the bloodstream.
This could result in metallosis, which is commonly linked to the following:
• Bone necrosis
• Tissue death
• Loosening of the hip implant
The problems closely resemble metal-on-metal hip replacement issues, where a metal acetabular cup may rub against a metal femoral stem. Over recent years, literally thousands of people across the U.S. have filed hip implant replacement cases against the companies that manufacture metal-on-metal device implants including Biomet M2A-Magnum Hip, Wright Conserve Cup, DePuy Pinnacle Hip, DePuy ASR Hip, and others as well.
Key Issues Regarding Stryker Rejuvenate Modular Hip Replacements
Stryker modular hip cases claim that the manufacturers should have known or indeed did know that the modular neck would be inclined to have similar issues since the metal makes contact with other metal within the neck stem that’s designed to move around and bear significant weight. This condition therefore leads to the release of toxic metal into the bloodstream and surrounding tissue, which often causes serious complications and premature failure.
The Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant was first launched in 2009, following the approval of the FDA but without performing enough thorough testing of the device first before putting it on the market. The company was able to receive “speedy” approval using the FDA’s contentious 510(k) approval procedure by claiming that the design of the product was significantly equal to another modular hip stem that was currently available on the market already, called the Wright Medical Pro-Femur. But, since that particular device was first launched, it’s also been linked to subsequent reports of disastrous failure after just a couple of years following surgery. In fact, numerous Wright Medical Pro-Femur lawsuits have been legally filed in many courts across the U.S.
Serious Complications of the Stryker Hip Implant
Several recalls of hip stem implants have addressed the ball-and-socket metal-on-metal elements, which can slowly release toxic metallic debris into the victim’s body under standard wear and tear circumstances. Stryker’s dual modular neck hip implant stem systems aren’t actually deemed metal-on-metal devices because they don’t literally include a metal socket rubbing against a metal ball.
But, since the Stryker necks consist of cobalt and chromium, and the stems themselves are coated with titanium, they in fact have a metal-touching-metal junction. And so, they can produce the exact same symptoms and complications like other faulty hip implants as well.
Stryker submitted an ‘Urgent Safety Alert’ to doctors, surgeons, and hospital risk administrators for the dual hip replacements in April 2012. The alert clearly listed the possible hazards regarding these devices that included: Extreme metal debris and ion generation produced by corrosion or fretting at or near the modular neck junction area, which may result in an increase in metal ion generation near the target joint space.
Over the years, medical experts have often questioned the actual safety of metal-on-metal devices due to their inclination to rub against each other and subsequently deposit tiny shards of hazardous metal into a victims vital tissues, bloodstream, and bones.