Hip revision surgeries tend to come with high risks of complication and offer little assurance to patients that their new hip replacements will function as well as their originals. The Stryker recalls of their Rejuvenate and ABG II entail that thousands of patients undergo additional surgeries in order to remove the defective devices and address any complications that are related to the defective implants.
Not only must these patients endure additional pain and suffering but the additional surgeries required place a financial burden on them and their families. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers believe that no patient forced to undergo additional procedures due to a defective medical device— and be put through the pain and suffering accompanying them— should also need to bear an additional financial burden.
Complications Due to Stryker Hip Implants
Stryker originally marketed its Rejuvenate and ABG II systems as hip replacements that would stand the test of time and endure at least twenty years of use. The implants have been the cause of many complications, however, and need to be removed for the safety of the patients. These complications include the following.
- Inflammation in the joint and surrounding areas that often accompanies infections.
- Popping or squeaking in the joint where the ball meets the socket.
- A form of poisoning called metalosis that has resulted from the use of metals that are toxic to the human body.
- Erosion of the joint and the development of scar tissue due to the grinding of metal-on-metal parts.
Pain and Suffering Caused by Hip Revision Surgery
The road to recovery for patients with defective hip implants is long and painful. Patients must once again be put under before having their hips dislocated during surgery. Scar tissue, bone and cement from the previous procedure may need to be removed. In some cases, this step is a procedure all by itself and precedes the implantation of the new device. The surgery required to implant the new device is identical to the original procedure, but surgeons readily admit that there is a very small chance that the new device will work as well as the one it is replacing.
Retaining the Defective Device – For use in Hip Litigation Cases
If you must undergo one or multiple surgeries to extract and replace a defective Stryker device, it is extremely important that you arrange to have the Stryker device preserved so that it can be provided as evidence during litigation. No amount of testimony can compare to the physical device, which provides irrefutable evidence of the defect. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has access to medical contractors who have agreed to store these devices for the purpose of Stryker hip replacement defect lawsuits and we are more than happy to assist you in retaining your device if we should represent you.
Due to the fact that hip revision surgeries required to replace Stryker products would not be necessary if it were not for the complications caused by Stryker’s products, Stryker is thereby liable for the medical costs and pain and suffering associated with the original procedure and the revisionary procedures. If you are the recipient of a defective hip implant, contact us today so that we can go over information with you about current Stryker litigation, how your case is related and what your rights are concerning the matter during a risk free consultation at no charge to you. We will never require payment unless we collect the compensation you are entitled to on your behalf.