Stryker Hip Recall Lawsuit
Nearly 20,000 Stryker Rejuvenate modular-neck hip replacement systems were sold in the U.S. by the time its manufacturer, Stryker Orthopaedics, issued a recall in July 2012. The recall came after numerous cases revealed that metal components of the Stryker hip replacement system were defective and susceptible to corrosion and fretting. The seemingly-routine hip surgery resulted in toxic metal debris seeping into patients’ bloodstream and tissues surrounding the affected areas. In light of this, one Stryker hip recall lawsuit after another began to be filed by patients who had received the defective implant.
As a result of these defective hip implants, many patients have suffered from metal ion poisoning, also called “metallosis.” Other complications related to the failure of the Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement system have caused other complications and revision surgeries in an attempt to have the hip implants removed.
If you or a loved one received a Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement implant, you may be eligible to file a Stryker hip recall lawsuit against the manufacturer. Do not hesitate to contact the American Injury Attorney Group if you suspect that your medical issues today are the result of the hip implant surgery that you received.
Reasons the Stryker Hip Recall Lawsuit Occurred.
There are a few reasons why the Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement system has failed after implantation surgeries. Unlike the standard set for medical devices, the Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant underwent brief laboratory testing before being sold on the market. It is possible that comprehensive testing could have revealed issues before doctors performed surgeries.The Stryker Rejuvenate has a design that is different than other hip implant systems, which consists of four parts: a metal neck, a ball, femoral stem, and an acetabular cup. This multi-part design was supposed to have an advantage by giving surgeons a variety of lengths and angles to create a customized fit for individual patients.
However, this design comes with problems that have led to failure after being implanted. Each time a metal joint is placed between two different metal parts, the risk of wear and tear increases. Constant movement of the metal joints causes corrosion at the joint where the metal neck is inserted or with the femoral stem. Once this happens, metal debris is released into a patient’s hip area and cause the implant to fail. Patients will suffer from inflammation and fluid build-up.
What is at Stake for Patients?
The stakes are high for patients who expected to have an artificial hip that would last at least 10 years. Instead, many patients are encountering problems with the faulty hip replacement systems within the first 18 months. This leaves them with very few options beyond considering a Stryker hip recall lawsuit, one which can be filed through the American Injury Attorney Group.
Medically, most of these patients will endure revision surgery, which comes with additional complications and risks. Because bone quality might have diminished, revision surgery could be more complicated than the original surgery. Securing the revision hip replacement adequately is another challenge that both the patient and surgeon must endure.
Adverse reactions from the initial Stryker Rejuvenate implant include limited motion, fluid in the hip, inflammation, damaged bone and damaged tissue. Beyond these issues, long-term effects of metal toxicity in the body are not understood fully at the present time. However, it is known that the nervous system and body organs are affected by exposure to metal ions. After the initial Stryker Rejuvenate recall July 2012, the manufacturer did not recommend that all patients who received the implant receive regular blood testing. These recommendations changed recently to include blood testing for cobalt chromium at least every six months.
The American Injury Attorney Group is focused on representing patients with a Stryker hip recall lawsuit against the manufacturer of the Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement system. Our affiliated lawyers assist patients in receiving reimbursement for medical bills and other damages related to the failure of these devices. The success rate of the lawsuits is highly probable given the high incidences of failure and misrepresentation by Stryker regarding the risks.
Are You a Victim of the Failed Stryker Hip Replacement System?
Less than four years have passed since the last time Stryker has faced a hip replacement recall. In 2008, two of their systems—Acetabular PSL and Trident Hemispherical—were recalled because of manufacturing practices that many found questionable. The American Injury Attorney Group, along with thousands of hip replacement patients, believes that Stryker should be held responsible. More patients will continue to suffer without recourse unless a Stryker hip recall lawsuit is filed on their behalf. Contact us today if you have a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip or would like to find out more about the type of hip you have.