Nearly 3,000 lawsuits have been filed against Stryker related to their Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Stem Hip Implants. Here are some common questions that patients and the general public may have regarding these products:
These implants posed many risks associated with fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction as well as concerns that the devices could cause pain, swelling, and harmful local tissue reactions, prompting Stryker to voluntarily recall the hip stems in July 2012. At the time of the recall, Stryker advised all artificial hip recipients to undergo blood tests for metal ions and imaging screening, even if they were not having any problems with their hips.
2) The Stryker Hip Replacement Problems include metal poisoning. What are the risks of metal toxicity?
According to the FDA, metal toxicity can lead to impaired kidney function; thyroid problems including weight gain, neck discomfort, fatigue, and a cold feeling; depression and other psychological issues; skin rashes; hearing and vision impairments; and cardiomyopathy, a condition that enlarges and weakens the heart muscle.
3) What are the symptoms of a failing hip implant?
If you are having pain and inflammation around your hip, leg, or groin; swelling at or near the hip joint; popping, grinding, clicking or squeaking sounds from the hip joint; and limping or difficulty walking, your physician can evaluate you to determine whether you are at risk of injury or complications. The inflammatory response from metal sometimes occurs with little or no symptoms, so it is critical that an X-ray be performed, along with an MRI or blood work to measure the metal ion levels in the blood.
4) Should I have additional surgery?
That is something you will need to discuss with your physician, who will be able to make a cost/benefit analysis of the potential harm in removing the device to that of replacing it altogether. The factors to consider regarding revision surgery include:
- Other individual risk factors
- Danger of device remaining in the body
A second hip surgery is usually longer and more complicated than the first, and not all patients are candidates for revision surgery. Your physician will advise you after conducting the appropriate blood tests, x-rays, MRIs, and requisite medical examinations.
5) What damages are being claimed in the lawsuits against Stryker?
Patients who have suffered harm as a result of Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Stem Hip Implants may be eligible for the following damages:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and loss of earning capacity
- The effect the hip injury had on the individual’s overall physical and mental health and well-being
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Scarring or disfigurement
Patients suffering from issues related to Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Stem Hip Implants have medical questions and also frequently need legal assistance to understand their rights and ensure that they are adequately compensated for their physical and mental injuries. If you or a loved one received a Stryker hip implant and have experienced complications or had to undergo revision surgery as a result, contact our Stryker hip implant lawyers today for a free case evaluation and learn about your legal options. There is no obligation. Our attorneys will work closely with you to seek justice and fight for compensation for your injuries.
A partner with Childers, Schlueter & Smith, LLC, Richard Schlueter has spent his career representing individuals and families who have been harmed as the result of wrongful conduct by others. Recently, Richard was selected for inclusion into the Nation’s Top 1 percent of lawyers by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC).