As you may have heard, Stryker Orthopaedics has recalled two of its most popular hip replacement models due to manufacturer defects that have caused a variety of painful and dangerous side effects. If you or someone you know has a recalled hip implant replacement system, regardless of manufacturer, Law Offices of Gary Green wants to help. We have an impressive legal team willing to aid you in the identification of your implant system and the retrieval and preservation of the old prosthesis as evidence.
Stryker cited the possible risk of fretting and corrosion at the modular junction as the reason for the recall, but we have since learned that this is only the beginning of the possible problems resulting from the Rejuvenate hip implant system. Not only can the fretting and corrosion cause “adverse local tissue reactions manifesting with pain and/or swelling,” the hip implant itself has now been found to have caused metal poisoning in patients. To make matters worse, the leaking metals (chromium and/or cobalt) can cause even further damage beyond metal poisoning, including hip implant loosening and fractures, particularly in the modular neck.
Symptoms and complications arising from the flawed design of Stryker’s recalled hip implant system include:
- Metal Poisoning
- Loss of range of motion
- Fluid buildup around the implant
- Impaired mobility
- Tissue damage
- Fibriboid necrosis (pseudo-tumors)
- Lymph cell infiltration and aggregation
- Vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels)
Beware that there are more metal hip recalls than just Stryker. The FDA has ordered a review of all metal-on-metal hip implants due to mounting patient complaints. We are investigating all cases involving metal-on-metal hip implants, including the DePuy Orthopaedics ASR XL Acetabular System and the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System, recalled in August 2010; the Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular System, recalled in June 2012; the DePuy Pinnacle, the Zimmer Durom Cup, the Wright Conserve, and the Biomet M2A and M2A-Magnum hip replacement systems, which have not been recalled.
Also beware that the reports we are getting from some of our clients are scary, especially regarding possible metal poisoning. Black liquid is reported to have been removed from some of the surgical sites. Others report cramping, diarrhea, and pseudo-tumors at the site.
Metal poisoning occurs when friction between the metal parts releases metal ions into the bloodstream, and blood tests for chromium and cobalt have proven positive in affected patients. This risk increases with more wear or friction, which means that the most active patients are at greater risk for pain and suffering as a result of the Rejuvenate Hip Implant System. We suggest getting back to your orthopedic doctor ASAP if you think you are affected. Get to your primary care doctor for a blood test if you suspect metal poisoning.
If you or someone you know has suffered as a result of Stryker’s recalled Rejuvenate/ABG II hip implant systems, or any flawed hip implant regardless of manufacturer, contact Law Offices of Gary Green toll-free at 1-888-4GARYGREEN or send us an email at ggreen@gGreen.com. You may also fill out our Quick Contact Form, and a qualified legal expert from Law Offices of Gary Green will contact you to discuss your legal options without obligation. Don’t wait another day to find out if your hip implant poses a threat to your health.
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