In July 2012, Stryker Orthopaedics announced the recall of two of its hip implant devices, Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems, due to possible fretting and erosion hazards. While Stryker says the risk of injury caused by these hip implants is “very low,” at least 45 patients have reported painful side effects associated with the implants, such as swelling, bone loss, and metal poisoning, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The potential health risks caused by fretting or erosion of the metal hip implants include:
- Allergic reactions to the buildup of heavy metal debris,
- Deterioration of the bone around the implant,
- Tissue damage or necrosis, in which the tissue around the implant decays,
- Dislocation or loosening of the implant,
- Infection, swelling, or chronic pain.
Patients experiencing any side effects associated with the Stryker hip replacements are advised to consult their doctor. In many cases, the patient may have to undergo revision surgery or have the implant removed, which can be a costly and emotionally draining experience.
If you or someone you love has suffered serious side effects or complications as a result of a failing Stryker hip implant, please contact the San Diego defective medical device attorneys at Carpenter, Zuckerman, & Rowley. Our experienced and compassionate team will help you obtain reimbursement for your losses. Call us at (619) 814-9000.