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Stryker Hip Recalls & Hip Implant Lawsuits

What Are Stryker Hip Implants?

Big medical manufacturers tout hip implants as a viable solution for individuals with serious inflammatory diseases or bone loss, but not all hip replacements are safe. In 2012, one of the largest medical manufacturers in the world, Stryker Corporation, recalled a line of hip replacements that were linked to a slew of painful and dangerous side effects.

Even though Stryker stopped all production of the implants, medical patients who received the implants still suffer serious complications. If you or someone you love is the victim of a defective Stryker hip implant, speak with an attorney from Kelley/Uustal. We will provide a free, no-obligation case evaluation to help you understand your legal rights and options.

Other Types of Hip Implants

  • DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Cup System
  • DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System
  • DePuy Pinnacle Acetabular Cup System
  • Zimmer Holdings Durom Acetabular Components
  • Smith & Nephew R3 Acetabular System
  • Biomet M2a
  • Wright Medical ProFemur Z Hip System
  • Wright Medical Conserve Plus Total Resurfacing Hip System
  • Centerpulse Orthadapt and Inter-Op
  • Corin Cormet 2000
  • Encore Orthopedics
  • Exactech R3
  • RingLoc+ Modular Acetabular System
  • Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System and Hip Replacement

Defective Metal Hip Implant Recalls

Numerous manufacturers have already recalled their hip implants, but thousands of patients already suffered from serious medical complications caused by the metal-on-metal implants. In 2008, Zimmer Holdings announced their plans to suspend Durom sales. In 2010, DePuy recalled their ASR Acetabular Hip Implant. In July 2012, Stryker Recalled their Rejuvenate and ABG II implants, as did Smith & Nephew, who recalled their R3 Acetabular System.

The FDA began investigating metal-on-metal hip implants, and in 2011, ordered manufacturers to conduct post-marketing studies to determine if their implants shed high levels of metal ions into the patient's bloodstream tissue. In 2013, the FDA proposed that makers of artificial hips with all-metal components would have to prove that their devices were safe before they could continue to sell the designs. Until this time, manufacturers were only required to show that their products were similar to others on the market.

Which Products Did Stryker Recall and Why?

Stryker recalled three implants: the Rejuvenate, ABG II, and Accolade models. According to Stryker's recall, these hip implants were removed from the market because of "post-market surveillance." In short, ball-and-socket joint system of the implant allowed tiny shards of metal to wear off of the product and damage the patient's surrounding tissues.

Medical complications associated with Stryker hip implants:

  • Corrosion near the joint, which can shed metal debris into nearby tissue.
  • Once debris are released into the tissue, surrounding metal ions can cause inflammation, metal poisoning (metallosis), and bone / tissue death (necrosis)
  • If the patient is sensitive or allergic to metal, he / she could suffer serious allergic complications and need additional surgery
  • Prolonged fretting near the ball-and-socket joint may lead to bone loss (osteolysis) and require additional surgery to repair

In addition to these known complications, Stryker Rejuvenate, Stryker ABG II, and Stryker Accolade may be linked to severe illnesses, including lymph node damage, damage to the spleen, liver problems, and kidney problems.

How Stryker Failed Consumers

According to plaintiff's claims, Stryker was negligent in several ways. First, plaintiffs allege that the manufacturer misrepresented the device and allowed consumers to believe that the product would not corrode, erode, or fret. In reality, many of the Stryker hip implants immediately began to erode, causing pain and other serious medical problems for patients.

Lawsuits claim that Stryker was negligent in many other ways as well:

  • Deceived consumers through marketing and sales tactics
  • Made false claims that the implants were a safer than metal-on-metal bearing hip replacements
  • Failed to take action to investigate or correct early accounts of defects in the product
  • Sold the devices to consumers even after evidence surfaced that the titanium alloy interacted poorly with cobalt components of the product
  • Did not warn consumers or medical professionals that the implants can cause metal poisoning

How Kelley/Uustal Can Help Your Case

If you or someone you love suffered serious medical complications caused by a Stryker hip implant, you have the right to seek compensation through a Stryker hip recall lawsuit. Types of compensation:

  • Past, existing, or future medical expenses
  • Lost wages, missed wages, lost earning potential
  • Noneconomic damages, pain, and suffering
  • Any expense related to the device

Contact the legal team at Kelley/Uustal to learn more about your legal options. The sooner we hear from you, the sooner we can help. Get in touch with Kelley/Uustal today.

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