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The Stryker Hip Recall and How It May Affect You
Yet another metal hip implant device was recalled in July, 2012—two, in fact—the Stryker ABGII and the Stryker Rejuvenate. Stryker introduced the two hip implants in early 2010 after the Rejuvenate gained FDA approval in 2008 and the ABGII in 2009. Both devices had a very innovative design, with a variety of components in different lengths and angles which allowed surgeons to custom-fit the device to the patient. Stryker claimed these new hip implants were both safer and longer-lasting than other metal-on-metal hip implants and were a great choice for younger, more active patients. Unfortunately, these claims turned out to be less-than-accurate. Within a few short months of the release of the two implants, adverse event reports began coming in to the FDA; surgeons were noting the presence of corrosion on implants they removed from patients, and patients were reporting symptoms of metal toxicity and metallosis.
Since more than 20,000 of the recalled implants were sold—and likely implanted—there are potentially thousands of people affected by the Stryker hip recall. To date, over 1,700 have filed suit against Stryker, and Stryker hip lawyers expect many more will be filed as the statutes of limitations grow close for many states. Although the design of the Rejuvenate and ABGII are not “true” metal-on-metal implants due to the ceramic rather than metal ball, it was determined that corrosion and fretting were occurring at the neck junction, resulting in the release of microscopic metal ions being released into the body. When those ions reach the bloodstream, many different adverse health effects can occur, hitting virtually every part of the body: renal, thyroid, cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal and reproductive.
Loss of hearing and vision can also occur as a result of metal toxicity. When the cobalt and chromium ions lodge in hip tissues, symptoms of metallosis can occur such as inflammation, pain in the groin, hip and thigh, loss of bone and tissue and the total failure of the hip implant. If you are one of the many people harmed by the Stryker hip recall, it is important that you speak to an experienced Oklahoma Stryker hip lawyer as soon as possible regarding the possibility of filing an Oklahoma Stryker hip lawsuit.