Stryker Orthopaedics recently initiated a voluntary recall for two of their implantable medical devices. The products are the Stryker Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck stem medical devices that are used in hip replacement surgeries. Since 2009, thousands of patients throughout the United States have had these medical devices implanted and the Federal and Drug Administration (FDA) has now received an abundance of complaints totaling more than sixty.
In the past several years, many orthopedic devices, especially metal-on-metal hip implant devices, have been recalled due to premature failure and metallic debris resulting from metal-on-metal pieces grinding against each other. Many of the patients suffered devastating and debilitating injuries and have had to undergo revision surgeries. Two of these companies, DePuy and Zimmer, now have a plethora of lawsuits filed against them.
Specifically, this latest recall is the result of the potential risk of erosion at the modular neck junction leading to tissue damage at the joint site, which in turn can cause extreme pain and swelling. In addition, the hip implants which were expected to last for 15 to 20 years have been failing at a premature rate with some failing in less than two years. Many patients will have to endure revision surgeries, which can be quite physically, emotionally and financially costly.
These Stryker hip implants were considered different from the metal-on-metal hip implants because they were manufactured as a multi-piece hip replacement device with a ceramic component. The products were designed to have mix and match components that gave surgeons more choices in customizing each implant to the patient. It has now been determined that these separate components, the metal stem and the metal neck, can rub together causing metallic debris. These toxic particles can cause metallosis, the condition where the tiny metal ions build up in the tissue around the implanted joint causing pain and swelling, difficulty walking, and a rash. This extremely dangerous complication can lead to dislocation or loosening of the implant, bone fractures, metal poisoning, and damage to the surrounding tissues, muscles, and nerves.
Our Philadelphia products liability lawyers are extremely troubled by yet another recall of a medical device causing injury and pain to so many patients. We are concerned for the safety and well being of those individuals that have had one of these defective medical devices implanted in their bodies and are dedicated to helping those that have been adversely affected by these recalled products as well as other defective products. Our team of highly skilled and experienced lawyers has handled all types of defective product lawsuits and understands the intricacies of presenting a case that involves numerous technical and medical complexities.
If you or someone you love is experiencing pain, swelling, or any other medical problems that you believe might be caused by a Stryker hip implant or another defective medical device, we encourage you to contact one of the attorneys at Galfand Berger to determine if you have a valid claim for compensation. The products liability lawyers at our firm have established a successful track record of representing and protecting the rights of patients who have suffered injury or harm associated with defective medical devices.
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