Metal-on-metal hip replacement systems became popular over the past 5-10 years as they promised increased durability for patients with active lifestyles.
Although the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants from Stryker Orthopedics came somewhat late to the market in 2010, they were still a popular alternative and were used in more than 20,000 patients.
The Stryker hip models were marketed as better fitting and more comfortable for patients since they used a modular system of different-sized, interchangeable necks and stems. These could be customized by surgeons for a more natural fit.
Unfortunately, Stryker hips have now been linked to serious side effects and health dangers. In April of 2012, the company alerted physicians that the rubbing of metal parts together could cause corrosion and fretting, releasing toxic metal shavings into the body. By July of 2012 a full recall was issued.
Records show Stryker took advantage of fast-track FDA approval to rush their hip products to market, instead of conducting extensive tests to identify the risks. They now face hundreds or thousands of lawsuits from the patients affected.
Did you or a loved one receive a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implant? If so, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your rights under the current recall. You may be entitled to substantial compensation, however, time is limited. Contact us today.
Experts with the FDA, EMA and the United Kingdom's National Joint Registry of England and Wales have all warned that metal-on-metal hips may present higher health concerns than traditional implants.
In March of 2012, researchers in the U.K. released a study of more than 400,000 patients which showed metal hips were three times as likely to require revision surgery. A 2009 study from the United Kingdom also linked metallic poisoning from metal hip shavings to problems such as vision loss, soft tissue and bone damage, hearing loss, tumors and hip pain.
The joined components of Stryker hip implants are constructed of chromium, cobalt and titanium, which can be highly toxic when released into the bloodstream. While Stryker has offered to help patients with testing and device removal as part of the recall, they haven’t offered any compensation for the long-term treatment or health effects.
Defective medical devices often require painful revision surgery or rehabilitation. Also, the effects of metallic poisoning can take years to surface and require extensive treatment. So far, Stryker hasn’t offered any compensation to patients injured or at risk as part of the recall.
Lawyers have begun helping those patients affected by Stryker metal hips file claims against the manufacturer. Due to the volume expected, cases were recently consolidated in a special multi-district litigation court in New Jersey.
Lawsuits for medical device injuries can be very complex. Before choosing a lawyer, make sure they have the experience and resources to fight large medical companies.
DrugRisk only recommends lawyers who specialize in defective drug and medical device cases, and have already handled Stryker hip lawsuits.
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