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Aurora, Illinois Hip Metallosis Lawyers and Lawsuits Information:
Stryker ABGII and Rejuvenate Hip Recalls
Stryker Corporation initiated the Stryker ABGII hip recall as well as the Stryker Rejuvenate hip recall on July 6, 2012. Soon after the recall the company faced mounting lawsuits filed by consumers who received one of the recalled hip devices. At the time of the Stryker ABGII and Rejuvenate hip recalls, Stryker halted all global sales and production of these two devices. The recall came just three months after an Urgent Field Safety Notification went out to surgeons and hospitals, detailing the potential Stryker ABGII and Rejuvenate hip dangers. These dangers included corrosion and fretting, which sends minute shards of metallic debris into the patient’s tissues, bones and/or bloodstream. Stryker’s official recall stated the decision to remove the two hip devices came on the heels of post-market surveillance, however the more than 300 adverse event reports sent to the FDA may also have been a factor.
DePuy ASR Hip Dangers
There are a number of DePuy ASR hip dangers, including patient metallosis, metal toxicity, metal poisoning, ALVAL, the development of pseudo-tumors and synovitis. Although DePuy ASR hip metallosis and metal poisoning receive the greater amount of attention due to the serious nature of the side effects, the other dangers can be quite serious as well. Synovitis is similar to metallosis but is inflammation which is concentrated on the joint lining. The patient’s joint may appear swollen, warm to the touch, and can look puffy. MRIs are the best way to identify synovitis. Pseudo-tumors can also develop among those with a DePuy ASR hip implant. Pseudo-tumors are usually non-infectious and non-cancerous, but occupy space in the hip region.
Netherlands researchers showed those with metal hip implants had four times the risk of developing a pseudo-tumor. When the tumor grows large enough it can place pressure on surrounding body structures and must be removed. For reasons not clearly understood, smaller-boned women are more likely to develop pseudo-tumors. ALVAL (aseptic lymphocyte dominated vasculitis associated lesion) is another type of pseudo-tumor, and is believed to result from dissolution of bone. Tissue necrosis is a key feature of ALVAL, and most ALVAL patients have pain in the groin area. DePuy ASR hip revision surgery is warranted for most of the above issues associated with DePuy ASR metal on metal hip implants.
DePuy Pinnacle Hip Metallosis
When a person with a DePuy Pinnacle hip implant engages in physical activity, the metal components of the implant rub against one another, causing DePuy Pinnacle hip metal debris to flood the body, concentrating in the hip tissues and the bloodstream. When the tiny metal ions insert themselves into the hip tissues, the patient may begin to experience chronic pain in the groin, hip, and/or thigh areas, as well as serious levels of inflammation. As the cobalt and chromium ions continue to build up, hip tissue and bone can deteriorate and even die. The hip implant may fail, leaving the patient no choice but to undergo DePuy Pinnacle hip revision surgery.
Stryker Rejuvenate Metal Blood Poisoning
The tiny metal shards which build up in the bloodstream can cause very serious, adverse physical symptoms. Even after revision surgery, some of these serious symptoms may remain. Stryker Rejuvenate metal blood poisoning can lead to gastrointestinal, neurological, cardiovascular, renal and thyroid issues, skin rashes, vertigo, short-term memory loss, diminishment or loss of vision and hearing, reproductive disorders, changes in DNA, the development of pseudo-tumors, asthma and other respiratory disorders, anxiety, depression and irritability.
Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Revision Surgery
If you have suffered serious, adverse effects from a Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant, you may be forced to undergo Stryker Rejuvenate hip revision surgery, which is more complex for the surgeon, as well as somewhat more dangerous for the patient. The surgery itself can last as long as four to six hours, leaving the patient open to excess blood loss, infection and nerve damage.
While all hip revision surgeries can be complicated, the Stryker Rejuvenate is designed with a much longer stem which is implanted deeply into the femur during the original surgery. During removal, the surgeon must literally dig the stem out of the femur using a special device. In some cases the femur can shatter, leaving the patient wheelchair-bound until the femur can be rebuilt. If your defective Stryker hip implant caused you to undergo Stryker Rejuvenate hip revision surgery, it could be beneficial to speak to an Aurora, Illinois hip recall attorney.
Aurora, Illinois Stryker ABGII Hip Statute of Limitations
It is important that you be aware of the Aurora, Illinois Stryker ABGII hip statute of limitations. All states operate under statutes of limitations, and Illinois—like many other states—has a two-year statute of limitations which begins to run on the date the actual injury occurs. While this sounds relatively straightforward, it can be quite complex. A well-qualified Aurora, Illinois hip metallosis attorney can properly determine exactly how much time you have to file a Stryker ABGII hip metallosis lawsuit.
Aurora, Illinois Hip Metallosis Litigation
Those with a Stryker ABGII or Rejuvenate, a DePuy ASR or Pinnacle, a Biomet M2A Magnum, Smith & Nephew R3, Wright Systems Conserve THS/Profemur, or a Zimmer Durom metal hip implant may want to consider Aurora, Illinois hip metallosis litigation. There are currently more than 5,400 Pinnacle lawsuits pending; one was decided in favor of the defendant at the end of October, the remainder will be set for mediation and trial. Over 11,000 lawsuits were filed against DePuy over the recalled ASR. In late 2013, DePuy and Johnson & Johnson settled over 7,000 of those lawsuits for $2.5 billion, and the remainder are slated for mediation and trial. Finally, the more than 2,300 Stryker Rejuvenate and ABGII are being set for mediation and bellwether trials. Only 17 of the Stryker suits have been settled through mediation for an undisclosed amount.