Stryker Defective Hips
Stryker is a leading medical technology company and the maker of recalled hip implants that were found to be defective. As early as 2009, the company began selling these defective products, which were later shown to cause significant damage in patients.
What Stryker Hips Are Considered Defective?
Unlike other hip implant systems, which include a one-piece neck and stem, Stryker’s defective medical devices include several neck and stem components. The devices were designed to give patients greater flexibility with a more anatomically correct implant that could be custom-fitted. Stryker claimed that the device was highly resistant to the effects of metal-on-metal corrosion and fretting (creation of a hole, worn, or polished spot made on metals by abrasion or erosion), but resulting side effects tend to counter that claim. So far, the following devices have been found to have serious defects:
- Stryker Rejuvenate hip system (2009) – Marketed to younger patients, this device has six stems and 16 necks and was supposed to last longer with a better range of motion.
- Stryker ABG II hip system (2010) – This device has eight right stems, eight left stems, and ten modular necks that were supposed to offer greater stability and minimal bone stress.
Why Are Stryker Hips Being Recalled?
The defective Stryker hip implants are composed of an alloy that contains titanium, molybdenum, zirconium, and iron. Although the devices initially showed promise, small particles of metal began to flake off the implant and into the body, causing serious damage to patients. Post market data showed this failure, and Stryker recalled the two hip implants in 2012.
What Are The Symptoms Or Problems With Stryker Hip Replacements?
As a result of the devices failing, serious side effects were found in patients. The most dangerous involved the loosening of the implant and the release of toxic metals into the blood. Symptoms and problems found in patients included, but were not limited to:
- Persistent pain
- Metal toxicity
- Swelling and inflammation
- Limited motility
- Bone fractures and deterioration
- Metallosis (also known as aseptic fibrosis and local necrosis), a medical condition involving deposition and build-up of metal debris in the soft tissues of the body
Stryker Hip Implant Attorneys
As the defective metal hip devices continue to fail, patients from across the nation continue to experience the above symptoms. With over 20,000 of the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip systems sold across the United States, thousands of lawsuits against Stryker have already been filed. Patients have already won lawsuits in which they experienced heavy metal poisoning, multiple fractures, and the need to replace the hip implant, as well as repair the damage it caused.
Even if you are not experiencing any symptoms, if you have undergone a hip implant with a Stryker device, it is important to act quickly to identify if one of the faulty devices was used and what your options are.
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