Stryker Orthopaedics is known for the development and manufacture of specialty surgical products and other medical supplies for health care around the world. They have manufactured scores of medical devices and joint replacement products, most of which have been successful; however some of the hip replacement devices have caused serious adverse events resulting in injury to hundreds of patients. The Stryker Rejuvenate Modular-Neck Stem® and the ABG Modular-Neck Stem Hip Replacement® devices were approved by The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2008 and 2009. These devices are not typical “metal-on-metal” (MoM), the device necks are built of Cobalt and Chromium and the neck stems are layered with Titanium. Though the intention was to make it corrosion resistant, at the connection, the two metals rubbed on each other and did release toxic metal ions and debris. Stryker recalled the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems in 2012 and stopped all global sales and production of these components. Another hip stems models like the Accolade TMZF also caused problems and were recalled in 2009, 2011 and 2013.
COMMON COMPLICATIONS WITH STRYKER-HIP IMPLANTS
- METALLOSIS (BUILDUP OF METAL IONS IN THE BODY)
- INFLAMMATION & SWELLING
- LIMITED MOBILITY
- BONE, JOINT, MUSCLE OR NEUROLOGICAL DAMAGE
- NECROSIS-TISSUE & BONE DEATH DUE TO METALLOSIS TOXICITY
- POPPING, CRUNCHING OR OTHER NOISES FROM THE HIP CAUSED BY MOVEMENT
- FRACTURES OF ONE OR MORE COMPONENTS
Most patients with Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II implants have undergone additional surgery or revision surgeries to remove and replace the implant to repair or reconstruct injured joints, bones, and tissue in addition to the replacement surgery.
SIGNS OF A DEFECTIVE STRYKER-HIP REPLACEMENT
After going through a hip replacement, you expect to be able to use your implant for years to come without pain or defects. But there are allegations that claim this is not the case with Stryker’s Accolade V40, which fails prematurely. Those with metal-on-metal implants manufactured by Stryker should be on the lookout for any signs of a defective hip implant. According to the FDA, the following symptoms, if experienced three or more months after surgery, may indicate that a hip implant is not functioning properly:
- HIP, LEG OR GROIN PAIN
- SWELLING AT OR NEAR THE HIP JOINT
- POPPING, GRINDING, CLICKING OR SQUEAKING SOUNDS FROM THE HIP JOINT
- A LIMP OR CHANGE IN MOBILITY
In addition, patients should monitor for symptoms of metal poisoning. According to the FDA, the signs of metal toxicity include:
- IMPAIRED KIDNEY FUNCTION
- THYROID PROBLEMS, INCLUDING WEIGHT GAIN, NECK DISCOMFORT, FATIGUE & FEELING COLD
- DEPRESSION, COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT OR OTHER PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES
- SKIN RASHES
- HEARING OR VISION IMPAIRMENTS
- CARDIOMYOPATHY, A CONDITION THAT WEAKENS & ENLARGES THE HEART MUSCLE
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT INJURIES RELATED TO A STRYKER-HIP IMPLANT?
If you or a loved one have been injured due to a Stryker-Hip Implant, we encourage you to consult with our team as soon as possible. With our extensive knowledge and expertise, you can rest assured that should you choose to work with us, you will have legal representation that you can trust. All initial consultations are free, and we don’t charge any up-front fees for representation. We handle all fees on a contingency basis, meaning that unless we’re successful, you don’t have to pay us. Please contact Fulmer Sill at (405)510.0077 for a free consultation.