These hip implants may fail – and kill the tissue, muscle and bone in and around the hip
Stryker, the medical device manufacturer, has already committed to pay more than $2 billion to settle claims from patients injured by these devices.
This intimately affects many past Michigan Auto Law clients, who suffered significant hip and pelvic injuries from severe automobile accidents. These clients underwent surgeries for shattered hips, and had hip implants put in by orthopedic surgeons who were not aware the medical device was defective.
Now, all of these people have possible legal claims against Stryker.
Our attorneys are trying to contact these clients now. And for our current and former clients as well as other Michigan residents who may have potential lawsuits against Stryker, we’ve also partnered with a top national expert and an orthopedic surgeon who’s on-call to assist with these cases.
Feel free to call us at Michigan Auto Law at (800) 777-0028 for a free review of your potential Stryker legal claims. We are here to answer any questions, at absolutely no charge.
We’re committed to do everything in our power to help and make sure these claims are resolved in the most satisfactory and expeditious manner possible.
In addition, for Michigan residents who have Stryker lawsuits stemming from car accidents, our attorneys can also assist with the Michigan No Fault law, which will provide for additional medical care and treatment.
Stryker began distributing the Rejuvenate and ABG II metal-on-metal hip implants in 2009 to younger, more active patients, as Stryker claimed they would benefit from the “modular” design.
The concept behind the modular design is that the hip implant can be fitted to better match the anatomical differences from one person to the next. Stryker also represented to the surgeons who would implant the devices that they were more durable than other similar products on the market and that the implants were safe.
Unfortunately, Stryker’s claims about the safety of its hip implants were terribly false.
Stryker, utilizing a Food and Drug Administration procedure called the “510(k) process,” was able to distribute these implants before conducting and completing significant clinical studies.
And the outcome is catastrophic.
Who is at risk?
Every individual who received one of the thousands of Rejuvenate and ABG II hip devices prior to the July 2012 recall are at risk of significant medical complications and further subsequent injury resulting from these Stryker hip products.
Possible side effects of a Stryker hip implant
Most — if not all — of these implants will reportedly fail at an alarmingly quick rate.
Also, the implant actually generates corrosion, metal poisoning and other adverse reactions that literally kill the tissue, muscle and bone in and around the hip.
The nature of metal-on-metal hip devices like Rejuvenate and ABG II is that metal particles rub off of the implant and enter the surrounding tissue and bone. Serious side effects that result from this process can include:
- Metallosis, or metal poisoning, which causes organ and tissue damage.
- Necrosis, or tissue and bone death.
- Osteolysis and other adverse reactions
Symptoms of a defective Stryker hip implant
Stryker along with DePuy, Biomet and other manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants are the subject of substantial litigation and product recalls due to the catastrophic nature of the failure of their devices.
Patients who have had a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implant should take note of the following symptoms:
- Pain in the hip and/or groin,
- Numbness or swelling,
- Loosening of the joint which can create audible sounds, and/or
- Difficulty walking or limping.
Will I need to have my hip implant removed?
Because of the degree of these injuries and the increasing severity over time as the devices remain in place, patients who are symptomatic will require a revision surgery to remove the dangerous implant.
The corrective, revision surgery poses further risks including fracture, infection, dislocation and other serious complications.
What to do now
If you’re having any of these symptoms, and you have a hip implant, you should consult your doctor to determine which implant you did receive. Your doctor will likely have you undergo a blood test and imaging study and to determine whether any symptoms you have may be caused by a metal-on-metal hip device, such as the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II.
As I said a couple of years back during the DePuy hip implant recall, if you have one of these implants, or if the implant is related to a car accident injury, there will be special complications for recovery that other Stryker litigation victims in other states may not, have due to Michigan’s unique product liability laws and the Michigan No Fault law if the hip implant was needed due to injuries from a motor vehicle accident.
I would recommend speaking with a knowledgeable attorney, who can help answer your questions, and help you to protect your legal claims and maximize the value of your Stryker case.
Feel free to contact Michigan Auto Law at (800) 777-0028. We’re happy to help, at no cost to you.
Stryker has already committed to pay more than $2 billion to settle claims from patients injured by these devices.