Hip implant systems made by Stryker Orthopaedics (Stryker) replicate the hip joint and are used to improve mobility and relieve pain in patients with diseased or damaged hip joints. Though touted for their advanced design that can improve stability, Stryker hip replacement systems have been reported to cause serious complications, the worst of which can be life-threatening.
If you or a loved one has suffered a severe complication due to a Stryker hip implant system, the dangerous medical device lawyers at the Amaro Law Firm are ready to discuss your legal options and help you get on the path to recovery and justice. Experienced and tireless, we will aggressively advocate your rights, help you pursue all available legal remedies and work diligently to maximize your financial recovery.
While compensation may never change the permanent losses caused by Stryker hip implant complications, financial recoveries from these claims can be the key to restoring lives.
Stryker hip implants have been reported to cause serious injuries. Injured patients can turn to the Amaro Law Firm for help determining and pursuing their best legal options for recovery.
Comprised of several neck and stem components, Stryker hip implants include the:
Rejuvenate system, which includes 6 stems and 16 necks – These implants were commonly marketed to younger patients.
ABG II system, which includes 8 right stems, 8 left stems and 10 modular necks – These implants were intended to offer more stability while putting less stress on the surrounding bones.
Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II systems were designed to have interchangeable parts so that the devices could be custom-fit to the needs of a given patients. These hip replacement systems have been implanted in patients suffering from a range of conditions, like (but not limited to):
While the neck components of Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II systems are made of chromium and cobalt, the stem components are made of titanium-coated steel. This titanium is a proprietary alloy (known as TMZF), blending titanium with iron, molybdenum and zirconium.
More common and minor side effects associated with hip replacement surgery and implant include inflammation, blood clots, hip pain and hip stiffness. These complications are typically treated with a combination of physical therapy and medication.
Serious Complications Associated with Stryker Hip Implants
The primary problem with Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacement systems is the corrosion and fretting of the metal components, which occurs as the system’s parts rub against each other. This corrosion can increase the risk of severe complications like (but not necessarily limited to):
Hip implant dislocation – As the metal parts wear on each other, the system can loosen up, resulting in painful dislocations. This complication is most likely to occur within the first few months following hip replacement surgery.
Metallosis – Also referred to as metal poisoning, metallosis occurs when excessive amounts of metal particles accumulate in the body. The fretting of Stryker’s hip implant components can release these particles into the body, causing symptoms like heart problems, auditory and vision problems, nerve pain, anxiety and cognitive impairment. Without treatment, this condition can be fatal.
Osteonecrosis – Ironically, while Stryker hip implants can be used to treat this condition, they may also be a cause of it. Arising from a lack of blood flow to the hip joint, this condition is marked by the breakdown of the bone surrounding the implant, resulting in bone death. Also referred to as avascular necrosis, osteonecrosis can cause severe hip pain and increase the risk of hip dislocation.
Risky, invasive revision surgery is often needed to treat these serious complications of Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacement systems. According to a March 2014 study, nearly 1 in every 3 Stryker hip replacement systems fails within the first two years of implantation, requiring patients to undergo revision surgery.1
Stryker Hip Implant Recalls & FDA Actions
In June 2012, Stryker voluntarily recalled both the Rejuvenate and the ABG II hip replacement systems “due to the potential for fretting and corrosion at the modular-neck junction.”2 Shortly after, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its own recall notice for these implants,3 explaining that this Stryker hip replacement recall:
Was classified as a Class II recall, meaning that these implants have been linked to serious adverse complications
Impacted more than 43,000 units across the U.S.
Was issued due to “device design” problems.
While hip replacement systems made by other manufacturers (like DePuy) have also been the focus of national recalls, a consumer advocacy group has reported that Stryker has recalled the most hip devices within the past 10 years due to concerns that these systems were linked to potentially life-threatening complications.4
Stryker Hip Implant Lawsuits & Multidistrict Litigation (MDL)
Thousands of patients who have allegedly suffered Stryker hip implant complications have already taken action to file claims against Stryker and hold this company accountable for the harm caused by its Rejuvenate and ABG II systems. These cases generally alleged that Stryker was negligent in:
Testing the safety, efficacy and failure rates of its hip replacement systems before bringing them to market
Labeling device components, with some being mislabeled as the wrong components or with the wrong expiration dates
Issuing warnings about the serious complications linked to the Rejuvenate and ABG II systems.
With claims piling up in courts across the nation, in 2013, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) issued a transfer order to establish an MDL for these claims. Based in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota (MDL No. 13-2441), the Stryker MDL is focused on facilitating discovery, establishing consistent pretrial rulings and conserving the resources of all involved parties.5
Newly filed Stryker hip implant cases may join the ongoing MDL or proceed independently. The details of a particular case, as well as a plaintiff’s needs and goals, will determine the best choice for that claim and plaintiff. The experienced attorneys at the Amaro Law Firm are ready to discuss your Stryker hip implant claim and help you move forward on the path to financial recovery and justice.
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