Even if you are not experiencing any complications due to your Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip replacement, Stryker admits that the likelihood of such complications occurring is more of an inevitability than a speculation. As a result of this, patients who have received Stryker implants are urged to schedule routine appointments with their surgeons and primary care physicians in order to monitor the device and the presence of possible problems, even if none of the common symptoms are present of an eroding or defective device.
Recommended Tests and Examinations - For the Remainder of the Patient’s Life
Some of the complications that arise due to Stryker’s defective implants may not be prevalent immediately, which is why it is important for your doctor to perform regular tests to be sure that the device is not causing you harm. Stryker recommends the following tests be performed on a routine basis.
- Physical examination of the hip— to determine whether there is evidence of swelling, infection or tissue death in or near the joint. It is important that any tissue death or infection is detected and addressed early on.
- Regular blood work— to ensure that cobalt and chromium particles have not been absorbed into the blood stream, as this can cause a type of poisoning called metalosis.
- MRI, x-ray and ultrasounds— to determine if there is any swelling or scar tissue that exists despite the lack of physical discomfort and to determine if the device itself is showing signs of corrosion or imminent failure.
Stryker to Assume Cost of Required Monitoring
Even asymptomatic patients require constant and consistent monitoring due to the risks associated with Stryker hip replacements and Stryker is working with a third party— Broadspire Services— in order to handle reimbursement of costs associated with these tests. It has been reported, however, that many patients have had complaints or taken issue with the settlements offered by Broadspire Services and it is important that you have a legal representative review any offers in order to ensure that they are in your best interest.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are available to act as your own third party and to be a bridge between you and Stryker’s claims service so that you are not taken advantage of any more than you already have been. All of your out of pocket expenses incurred due to receiving a Stryker hip replacement need to be recovered as it is your right to be compensated for any financial burden placed on you or your family because of a defective product. This includes tests and procedures that would not have been necessary if not for the defect— regardless of whether you are asymptomatic or not.
Contact us today for a free consultation so that we can answer all of your questions and inform you of your rights. Our attorneys have experience in defective hip replacement litigation as well as access to medical experts who can help us determine the full cost of your recovery. Retaining our services is free if we are unable to collect damages or reach a settlement on your behalf.