Stryker Orthopedics entered the metal hip market in 2010 with the launch of the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular systems. The devices were promoted as durable hip replacement options for active patients, with interchangeable components allowing a customizable fit by doctors.
Unfortunately, testing revealed that the metal components which make up the stem, ball and cup of these hips could wear, causing corrosion and fretting. In April of 2012, the company issued a Stryker hip warning that the resulting metal shavings could cause adverse tissue reactions.
Several studies have shown that the metallic poisoning and tissue damage which can result from the absorption of toxic metal into the body are actually worse than indicated by Stryker. Just months after the warning, the company issued a full recall of the Rejuvenate and ABG II models.
Experts estimate that more than 20,000 patients who received the Rejuvenate or ABG implants will be affected by the Stryker hip warning and recall.
Although Stryker has offered to assist patients with testing and removal of the faulty devices as part of the recall, they have not offered compensation for the pain, suffering, disability or long-term treatment that can result from metallic poisoning. Lawyers are helping those affected file claims.
If you or a loved one received a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG hip implant, it is important to speak with a lawyer about the full amount of compensation available before signing anything from Stryker. Contact us today.
In the Stryker hip warning letter sent to doctors in April of 2012, the company warned that corrosion and fretting from the metal components could cause adverse tissue reaction. However, studies show the effects may be much worse.
According to a study conducted in the United Kingdom in 2009, metallic poisoning from metal hip shavings can cause severe side effects such as damage to bone, tissue and white blood cells, as well as vision problems, hearing problems, tumors and even cancer.
The Stryker hip warning signs for metallic poisoning can take years to surface. They include pain, inflammation, swelling, vision problems, tissue damage or tumors. Those affected will likely need revision surgery to remove and replace the device, as well as long-term treatment for metallosis.
Due to the failure of Stryker to properly test their hip devices or warn patients of the risks, they are liable for the damages. Lawyers are helping those affected file claims. Due to the volume, 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 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.
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.