The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants became popular soon after their release in 2010. The modular design allowed surgeons to interchange parts for a customized, more natural fit, and the all-metal construction was promoted as a durable alternative for active patients.
As a result, they were used in over 20,000 hip replacement procedures in the U.S.
Unfortunately, experts have discovered serious Stryker hip side effects similar to other metal-on-metal hips, which can be so severe that many patients will require removal and revision surgery.
The wear of metal hip components can release toxic metal shavings into the body, which have been linked to Stryker Hip side effects such as:
In June of 2012, Stryker issued a recall of the Rejuvenate and ABG II hips due to these risks. Although the company has offered to reimburse patients for some expenses, lawyers are helping those affected file claims for the pain, expenses, disability and long-term treatment that can result from Stryker Hip side effects.
If you or a loved one received a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implant, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. It is important to speak with a lawyer about your options before signing anything from Stryker. Contact us today.
The interchangeable components which make up the stem, ball and cup of Rejuvenate and ABG II hips are made of chromium, cobalt and titanium. While these hardened metals are extremely durable, they can also be toxic when released into the bloodstream.
Based on the results of a 2009 study conducted in the United Kingdom, such toxic metal shavings from faulty hips can cause metallic poisoning, which has been linked to bone, tissue and white blood cell damage; as well as vision problems, hearing problems, tumors or even cancer.
In order to gain FDA approval of these hips, Stryker used the 510(k) fast-track program, rather than conduct appropriate safety trials. Due to their failure to properly test these devices or warn patients of the dangers of Stryker Hip side effects, they are liable for the damages.
Lawyers are currently helping those patients who received recalled Stryker hips file a claim, even if the side effects of metallic poisoning have yet to surface. Due to the number of cases expected, lawsuits have been consolidated in a special multi-district litigation court in New Jersey.
A lawyer can discuss your case today to let you know if you qualify for a hip replacement lawsuit and how long you have to take action. However, medical device injury lawsuits can be very complex. Before choosing a lawyer, make sure they have experience with this type of case and the resources necessary to fight a large medical company.
DrugRisk only recommends lawyers who specialize in defective drug and medical device cases, and have already handled Stryker hip lawsuits.
Contact us today for more information on the side effects, research and litigation related to Stryker hip implants, or to speak with a lawyer. We are available 24 hours a day to provide help.