A New Development in Stryker Hip Cases
Stryker, Inc. has been one of the foremost names in orthopedic devices and technology for over 70 years. The company has been instrumental in popularizing joint replacement surgery for many decades. Stryker’s recent announcement of the acquisition of Small Bone Innovations (SBI) and its ankle replacement technology marks another step toward providing new products in the future. However, Stryker’s history of legal trouble with some of its faulty metal-on-metal hips is causing attorneys to discuss the potential for similar problems with its metal ankle replacements.
About Stryker Hip Cases
Stryker manufactures a variety of medical equipment including surgical devices, joint implants, spinal implants, catheters, coils, stents and other items. The company has been at the forefront of innovation in the medical field for many decades, but began facing problems in 2012 when it was forced to recall both the ABG II and Rejuvenate models for early device failure. The chromium and cobalt components of the devices had been shown to rub together, releasing metal ions into the bloodstream and surrounding tissue and causing metal poisoning. This, amount other adverse side effects, brought on thousands of Stryker hip cases throughout the U.S.
In June of 2014, Stryker announced a deal to purchase the ankle replacement technology and other assets of SBI for $375 million. Large bone replacement technology has dominated the market and media attention in recent years. Stryker’s move into small bone technology signals a new path for the medical equipment make that could prove to be a brilliant move for the future. In particular, the STAR ankle replacement device that is sold in 40 different countries around the world is garnering attention. The 3-piece ankle replacement device has the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of disabling osteoarthritis, traumatic injury, and other serious ankle conditions.
However, despite the promise that this new acquisition holds for Stryker, attorneys remain wary. The only thing worse than the thousands of Stryker hip cases still being filed by patients whose implants failed prematurely would be thousands of Stryker ankle cases. Attorneys, therefore, are remaining wary and are continuing to spread the word about caution before undergoing any type of major replacement surgery.
Contact the American Injury Attorney Group Today
If you or a loved one were injured by a faulty implant and wish to join the Stryker hip cases, contact the American Injury Attorney Group today. We can answer your questions, address your concerns, and review your case in a free, no-obligation consultation to determine whether or not you have a claim. If you do, we can put you in contact with an affiliated attorney experienced in Stryker hip cases. Call today.