The Aftermath of the Stryker Recall and Pending Litigation
Thousands of patients across the United States and throughout the world have been left grappling with the painful effects of a Stryker hip implant. In July 2012, Stryker Orthopaedics initiated a voluntary recall of two of its hip replacement products due to issues regarding the harmful effects of these devices on patients. Mainly, these effects included exposure to increased toxic metal levels, increased pain, increased swelling and the need for painful revision surgeries.
The voluntary recall has raised the awareness of patients throughout the United States. Perhaps you are one of the many patients who received a hip implant before July 2012 and are concerned about whether you may have a defective Stryker hip implant. If you believe that you may have a recalled Stryker hip implant, then here are some steps that you can take for your situation.Contacting Your Physician to Discuss the Recall
As the video discusses, contacting your physician is an initial step that you can take to proceed with treatment for your defective hip implant. Your physician will be able to address some of the concerns that you have, such as the following:
- Type of hip implant you have
- Whether you have a Stryker hip implant
- Whether you may have a defective Stryker hip implant
- Address pain, swelling or adverse local tissue responses that you may be having due to Stryker hip implants
- Address whether a Stryker hip implant may need to be removed from your body
- Address whether you may be a candidate for hip revision surgery and require this invasive procedure
There are some common signs that you may have a failed or defective Stryker hip implant. (See our page here for discussion on determining the device you have) You should pay attention to any pain that you experience in the course of your daily activities, such as walking, standing, performing household chores or even while sitting at an office desk. You should also be aware of the change in appearance of any skin surrounding the hip implant. If you notice redness, swelling or the development of tumors, then these could be signs that you have a defective Stryker hip implant. Discuss The Best Treatment Options for You
When you meet with a physician, he or she will be able to discuss the best treatment options that are available to you. Unfortunately, these treatment options typically require a need for complete removal of the hip implant and a hip revision surgery. You should know and understand that this surgery is known as a very invasive procedure that can cause severe pain.
Research studies have indicated that adverse local tissue responses tend to be negative after a hip revision surgery. A research study conducted by Joshua J. Jacobs, MD, has reported that patients requiring hip revision surgeries have suffered from the development of “pseudotumors” as a result.Consider The Need for Removal of Stryker Hip Implants
Ultimately, you may need to obtain a complete removal of the Stryker hip implant from your hip region. Another issue with these hip implants has been that patients are at risk for suffering from metallosis. Metallosis is a type of blood poisoning that can occur due to the existence of increased levels of metal within the bloodstream. Recalled Stryker hip implants have a known tendency to dispense with increased levels of titanium, chromium and cobalt.Consider The Need for Hip Revision Surgery
If you decide to proceed with a hip revision surgery after consulting with your physician, be aware that you may be eligible for damages to cover the costs of this surgery. In addition, you may be eligible to receive damages to cover the pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of consortium and other medical expenses that you suffer as a result of the failed hip implant.
The recalled Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants have caused immense pain and suffering in patients. Patients who have required a hip revision surgery due to these defective hip implants are often unable to return to work for months at a time. They may also be unable to carry on with their normal daily lives or even walk.Call Stryker Hip Recall Lawyers for Help
Call our Stryker hip implant lawyers today to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your medical issues. Whether you may need a revision surgery in the future or have already undergone this invasive procedure, our attorneys are ready to help assess your case. You may be able to become part of ongoing litigation being filed against Stryker Orthopaedics. Our attorneys are ready to help you during this difficult time and understand the seriousness of your case.