What are Injuries Associated With Defective Stryker Hip Implants Such as the Rejuvenate and ABG II?
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Stryker Implant Injury Information
The defective hip implant injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provide the facts posted below to assist families in making a better-informed decision list when seeking justice in taking legal action to obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
Many individuals whose surgeon implanted a Stryker hip replacement device are experiencing injury-associated symptoms that are caused by a defective implant. These malfunctioning implants can cause significant health consequences from a mild ache and discomfort to severe tissue damage and life-threatening infections that often require a revision surgical procedure to remove and replace the device.
In 2009, the Stryker Corporation designed, manufactured and sold the hip implants in the medical marketplace that have since poisoned and injured patients worldwide. The sales included the Rejuvenate and ABG II models. These metal-on-metal devices were constructed with moving parts that just after implantation begin grinding against one another, that can produce the toxic release of dangerous chemicals and metal shards.
There is a flawed design in both models that were constructed with the femoral stem and an interchangeable neck. The device's metal components rub together, shedding off tiny metal particles that are quickly absorbed in the patient's tissue surrounding the surgical site.
Almost immediately after joint replacement surgery, many thousands of patients began complaining to their physicians and surgeons that they were experiencing intense pain. Unfortunately, even though there were significant numbers of dissatisfied patients suffering horrific side effects from the device, Stryker failed to pull either of these devices on the medical marketplace for years. Also, the manufacturer neglected to inform surgeons and patients of the potential hazards of using their implant products.
Surgeons began performing revision surgical procedures removing the old defective implant and implementing a new device to minimize further damage. Unfortunately, many patients who underwent revision surgery experienced ongoing illness, pain, and additional injuries because of the long-lasting side effects like metal poisoning and tissue inflammation created by the initial implant.
Common Stryker Injuries
The known hazards and injuries associated with defective Stryker hip replacement implant devices include:
- Femoral head disassociation from the hip stem prosthesis counterpart;
- Fractured long prosthetic replacement stem inserted into the thighbone;
- Excessive amounts of metal debris that produces metallosis – bloodstream metallic particles known to cause tissue and bone necrosis (death);
- Restricted or lost hip joint range of motion,
- Component chipping or breaking;
- Hip joint movement resulting in unexpected noise including squeaky sounds;
- Implant loosening caused by insufficient fixation strength that leads to increasing discomfort and excessive pain;
- Premature/excessive/unexpected wear and tear;
- Inflammation in and around the affected joint site;
- Excessive ongoing pain;
- Lost joint stability;
- Impaired mobility that causes a limp;
- Hip dislocation;
- Metal poisoning (metallosis);
- Swelling at the surgical site;
- Leg length discrepancy;
- Bone fracture surrounding the implant site;
- Kidney problems including reduced function;
- Thyroid issues;
- Walking challenges;
- Life-threatening staph Infection
- Skin rash
- Neck pain
- Impaired vision and hearing
- Psychological issues including cognitive difficulties and depression.
The incomplete list above represents only a small portion of the dangerous, life-threatening side effects associated with a defective Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implant model. Doctors can only correct most of the conditions and hazards listed above can through surgical intervention where the existing implant is replaced, and follow-up monitoring is provided to treat metal poisoning (metallosis).
Stryker Implants can Cause Metallosis
Initial reports of patient discomfort and excessive pain resulted in doctors identifying the problem as metallosis, where the body is poisoned by metal debris, fragments, particles, and shards. This reaction is the result of the metal-on-metal components rubbing together. Most patients suffer from more than one form of metal poisoning, including unexpected, excessive levels of metal toxicity, cobalt poisoning, and chromium poisoning. Common problems associated with metallosis include:
- Osteolysis, the dissolution of bone tissue
- Synovitis when the synovial membrane becomes inflamed
- Bone or tissue necrosis
- The buildup of joint fluid
- Metal hypersensitivity
Also, metallosis caused by defective joint metal-on-metal devices can create severe adverse reactions including:
- Chromosomal aberration
- Changes in DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid)
- Decreased CD8 + T cells that are necessary to fight malignancies and intracellular pathogens
- Reduced lymphocyte cells needed to fight off infected cells and tumors
Medical science knows only a little about the long-term toxicity effects from damage caused by metal particles. However, elevated levels of chromium and cobalt ions are known to cause severe organ damage even though the metallosis reaction is taking place in the lower extremities. Doctors know that the dangerous ions can cause deadly illnesses and severe symptoms including damage to the nervous system, heart muscle, and thyroid gland.
An FDA Recall
Once the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified issues with multiple Stryker hip implant models, the federal agency began an investigation where inspectors uncovered numerous problems that compromised the integrity and quality of the joint implant devices. Inspectors also identified specific areas in the manufacturing facility that were contaminated with deadly staphylococcus bacteria.
The FDA issued their findings after their investigation claiming that high levels of contamination in the facility produced serious problems. The agency stated that they received hundreds of complaints about implant-associated staphylococcus bacteria that resulted in significant, and sometimes life-threatening, infections. Stryker responded by attempting to identify the bacterial source, which was unsuccessful. Stryker was never able to sufficiently decontaminated their manufacturing plant.
The Food and Drug Administration released to report identified the problematic hip device products manufactured, marketed and sold by Stryker. In addition to the Rejuvenate and ABG II investigators concluded there were manufacturing defects in other replacement components and parts including the:
- Trident Hemispherical Cluster 50MM
- Trident PSL HA Solid Black 52MM
- Trident PSL Acetabular Shell devices
- Solar Plasma Purefix HA Shoulder Stem
- Global Modular Hip Stem
- Reunion Plasma Spray Humeral Stem
- LFIT Anatomic V40 Femoral Head
- Stryker Accolade
- Meridian TMZF
- Citation TMZF
Associated Risks of Stryker Implants
The FDA, working together with the device manufacturer, recalled the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stem devices from the medical marketplace. The federal agency informed the public of the harmful effects of metallosis and adverse local tissue reaction associated with hip implants.
Studies released over the Stryker implant problems identified crevice corrosion in dual modular components of the devices. The corrosive nature of the materials used in the implant led to the failure of the device's components through numerous mechanisms. The report stated that there are three denigrating reactions caused by the defective Stryker implant designs that include:
- Crevice Corrosion – Metal corrosion causes significant surface damage adjacent to the gap between the rubbing joint surfaces.
- Galvanic Corrosion – Corrosion develops through an electrochemical interaction between two similar metal components of the device.
- Fretting Corrosion – Repeated joint motion can cause substantial damage to the metal surface edge that leads to damaging corrosion.
Why Victims Are Filing Stryker Implant Lawsuits
Almost immediately after the initial FDA recall, injured patients who had undergone revision surgery to replace their newly implanted device began filing lawsuits against the Stryker Corporation. Many of these lawsuits were based on specific allegations that the device manufacturer was financially responsible because of their defective designs and promoting the product as safe. Many lawsuits claimed that:
- Stryker knew of the severe side effects, or should have known, when they designed, manufactured, marketed, sold and distributed defective models of their hip implant products.
- The Stryker Corporation failed to perform adequate device testing to ensure they were a safe product for implantation.
- The device manufacturer is responsible for harming the plaintiff from the defective design that caused the joint to loosen, because an infection, and create a severe health hazard when patients suffered metal poisoning (metallosis).
- Stryker is responsible for misrepresenting that the implants were safe for use in all patients who received the device.
Thousands of victims have filed Stryker hip implant lawsuits across the United States. In June 2013, many of these cases were combined in a Minnesota federal MDL (multidistrict litigation) court. Approximately eighteen months later in December 2014, the court announced a settlement in the first bellwether case for $1.25 billion. The court decided that many victims would receive $300,000 or more to recover their financial damages.
By December 2016, an additional 2500+ defective Stryker implant lawsuits were settled in cases filed in New Jersey state court. The settlement terms included an option that victims could “opt out” from the national class action suit and instead pursue an individual case to receive a higher amount of compensation. In November 2017, 1800+ additional victims were still waiting to have their Rejuvenate and ABG II heard in court in multidistrict litigation or settled at a negotiation meeting.
Contact Us Today to File your Stryker Injury Claim
Thousands of victims have suffered severe injuries that have affected the remainder of their life. Our law firm understands that the medical device manufacturer needs to be held financially and legally accountable for designing, producing, selling and distributing defective medical devices that caused your severe injuries. We understand you need financial compensation. Our attorneys will work hard to value your claim accurately to defend your best interests.
If your loved one was harmed after receiving a Stryker hip implant, their injuries might be the result of medical negligence or defective medical device. The product liability and medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provide legal assistance to patients who have suffered injuries after undergoing surgical procedures.
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For additional information see the following pages:
- What Stryker hips have been impacted by the FDA recall, and how do I know if I have one?
- Have all Stryker hip implants been recalled, or just specific designs?
- Why have the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular Hip Neck systems been recalled?
- What are signs that my Stryker hip implant has failed or is defective?
- Should I hire a lawyer for a case involving my Stryker hip implant?
- Will I be able to afford hiring a lawyer to represent me in a Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant case?
- What type of legal actions are available to recover funds from Stryker?
- Why should I consider hiring a lawyer as opposed to entering the Broadspire program to have my expenses paid?
- If I require a revision surgery due to my defective Stryker hip implant, may I still collect damages?
- What are the risks associated with a hip revision surgery?
- What are the design flaws in Stryker hip systems?
- Is it true that Stryker hip systems can cause metal poisoning, and if so, what types of metals are contained in the Stryker hip implants?
- What types of compensation may be available in my Stryker hip implant case?
- Does your law firm have any relationship with the Stryker Corporation?
- How can I find a lawyer to represent me in my Stryker hip implant case?