If you or someone you love received a metal-on-metal hip implant from Stryker — either the Stryker Rejuvenate Modular product or the ABG II modular-neck hip stem — you could be at heightened risk for a scary and potentially fatal condition known as metallosis.
When the metal components in these hip replacement products grind against one another, the action exudes particles of cobalt and chromium, which can find their way into your blood and affect diverse systems in your body. The build-up of these heavy metals can damage your liver and kidneys, cause hearing and vision problems, enlarge the heart, and cause cancer of the bladder.
Different patients present with different symptoms. Some patients may just feel a soreness or swelling in the hips or nearby regions. Others may feel little to no discomfort but may present with elevated levels of certain metals in the blood. Many patients do not realize the extent of the potential danger. They write off the soreness as a sign that the surgery was “rough” without fully appreciating the possible whole-system health problems.
Whether you’ve felt hip soreness/swelling, or you’ve experienced other unpleasant side effects, consult with your physician immediately.
No one expects medical products to be perfect. Patients who go in for surgery — particularly for something major, like hip replacement — face small but ultimately irreducible risks.
But we DO expect (and deserve) full discloser and integrity from medical equipment suppliers.
Stryker has now issued a recall of both the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems because these products can lead to “fretting and/or corrosion at or about the modular-neck junction, which may lead to adverse local tissue reactions manifesting with pain and/or swelling” (quote is from official Stryker company documents).
Here’s the big question: did Stryker issue appropriate warnings and do everything in its power to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of patients?
The team at DeMayo Law Offices specializes in helping Stryker hip replacement patients and their families understand the legal implications of medical-product-induced metallosis. We can answer your questions and suggest a strategic roadmap to help you obtain compensation and protect your rights.
Call or email our Stryker hip replacement law firm now for more details.