Have you suffered painful hip implant failure after having a prosthetic hip replacement manufactured by Stryker? The attorneys at Baron & Budd may be able to offer legal help to victims suffering complications such as metal poisoning, rejection, dislocation, and injuries from device fracturing. You can find out if you qualify to file a lawsuit for hip implant complications or failure right here on our website in just a few minutes.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people undergo hip replacement surgery. For some of them, the operation is a success. For others, the implanted device fails causing increased pain, limited mobility, and often requiring a second hip surgery to remove and replace the defective hip prosthesis. Some victims even suffer systemic illnesses caused by metallosis, also called metal poisoning or cobalt poisoning, both of which can be fatal.
Repeat Surgery: Hip Replacement Revision Surgery
When a modular neck hip implant fails, the only solution is revision surgery to remove the defective device and implant another one. In addition to the risks that come with any surgical procedure, revision surgeries are not always successful. Further, medical expenses increase, and in some cases so does pain and suffering.
Stryker Orthopaedics is a company that manufactures and sells hip replacement devices. The company recalled two specific devices in 2012 and another device in 2016. Many people who had one of the devices implanted prior to its recall are still suffering the effects of their hip failure.
Is It True the FDA Recalled Stryker Hip Implants Because of Device Failure?
Yes, Stryker is responsible for three recalled hip replacement devices that failed after implantation. These models include:
- Rejuvenate Modular-Neck Hip System.
- ABG II Modular Neck Hip System.
- LFIT Anatomic V40 Femoral Head.
All three devices are made of cobalt and chromium. On July 26, 2012, Stryker issued a press release concerning its recall of its Rejuvenate Modular- Neck Hip System and its ABGII Modular Neck Hip System because the “risks associated with fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction.”
By fretting, Stryker means that friction between the neck and stem of the implanted device during movement of the joint can cause metal fragments to become loose. The metal shavings can then implant in adjoining tissue or find their way into the bloodstream. When this happens, the device has failed and the failure can be medically disastrous to the person who received the implant.
Additionally, metal shavings can be absorbed into the body and bloodstream causing metallosis, which is metal poisoning. Metal poisoning is a dangerous condition that may have permanent effects if the metal is spread throughout the body.
In its recall press release, Stryker noted that physicians and regulatory bodies had been notified of the voluntary recall. It also said that any patients who had had the implant should contact their surgeon or physician.
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Get Legal Help from Baron & Budd Attorneys
Consult with an experienced attorney from Baron & Budd to protect you and your family’s best interests. If you qualify, our litigation and research team can begin discovery with the goal of collecting all of the financial damages you are legally entitled to. Those suffering from metallosis, hip replacement failure, or who have been required to undergo a second hip replacement surgery have an increased chance of claim eligibility. Don’t continue to suffer in painful silence, call now to schedule a free consultation. We represent clients in all 50 states and will come to you if you’re eligible. Our law firm has offices in Los Angeles and San Diego, California; Austin and Dallas, Texas; and Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana.