Stryker Rejuvenate And Metallosis
A link had been discovered between the Stryker hip replacement and increasing the risk of metallosis. Any surgical implant that contains metal parts can caase metallosis. Metal particles can be shed by the device into the body which can cause metal poisoning (metallosis). Bone and tissue death can occur and the implant is likely to fail all of which will cause severe pain. When toxic levels of metal build up in the body, damage to tissue, bones and the nervous system can occur.
The Stryker Rejuvenate hip device has metal on metal components and it is believed that these are the cause of metallosis development in some of the patients that had the implant. There are reports that suggest that the Stryker hip implant has an early failure rate which has meant that some patients have had to undergo further revision surgery to correct the problem. Patients have filed a Stryker hip lawsuit because they have suffered from metallosis and other adverse effects and this has lead to a Stryker hip recall.
Styrker Hip And Tissue Damage
Recent research has revealed a link between local soft tissue destruction and the Stryker Orthopedics Rejuvenate Modular Hip System. In the early days, patients who were suffering from soft tissue damage found they did not have legal recourse because a Stryker hip lawyer was only taking on metallosis cases. This has changed since the report found the potential link to soft tissue damage with the Stryker hip device and different claims are being investigated and more Stryker lawsuits seem inevitable.
The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery published a report in May 2013 studying eleven patients who had undergone a total hip arthroplasty with a Stryker Rejuvenate femoral stem design. This design was composed of a titanium molybdendum zirconium iron alloy body joined with a modular chromium cobalt alloy neck. After revision surgery had been performed on all eleven patients it was discovered that they all had local soft tissue destruction and the femoral neck-body junction of the implants all had visible corrosion. All of the patients also showed increased levels of cobalt, titanium and chromium in their blood that indicated metal poisoning.
The outcome of all this research was that patients that were implanted with recalled Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular Neck Hip stems were all advised to be tested for local soft tissue reactions and required to undergo blood tests to ensure that their hips were properly functioning which would also help to prevent additional problems such as metellosis even if they suffering from any Stryker hip side effects. This has been the catalyst for the Stryker Hip Recall Lawsuits that have been filed.
Why The Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Was So Popular
Not being a metal on metal the device the Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant was different from the mainstream devices which were making the news because of the number of hip lawsuits that were being filed. The Stryker hip replacement device used a ceramic component and was targeted at younger patients as a custom made hip replacement that fitted patients a lot better. The aim of the device was to offer a long lasting hip replacement that provided an improved range of motion.
Stryker Hip Replacement Problems
Some people that had undergone a Stryker hip replacement suffered from metal poisoning. The Stryker hip replacement does not have a ball and socket design which uses metal on metal contact so it was believed that a metal poisoning condition was impossible. However the Stryker hip implant has a neck piece made of metal and in some cases this would rub against a metal stem causing metal particles to be released into the body.
It was alleged by the company that concerns about the Rejuvenate failures were not due to the product but it was either that the patients did not follow the rehabilitation guidelines after surgery or that the doctors did not use the correct implant methods. The company stated “Factors such as diabetes and infection may play a role in potential corrosion of an implant as these conditions may affect the pH of the tissue surrounding the implant” in their April 2012 product correction bulletin.
Those patients that have experienced failure with their Stryker hip implant are likely to have undergone revision surgery. It is believed that hip implants should last for around fifteen to twenty years but in some instances the Stryker hip implants were failing in less than five years.
Stryker Hip Replacement Recall
The company recalled its ABG II modular neck and Rejuvenate stems from the market in July 2012. The reason for the recall was because of corrosion and fretting reports with the devices. It is believed that the FDA received two adverse reports that were linked to the recalls, one of which detailed the removal of the device.
Health Canada made an announcement that the Stryker company was recalling the Rejuvenate for the updating of the instructions in May 2012. This recall was just for Rejuvenate devices which had been sold in Canada. The company reported a revision rate of less than one percent when it came to the Rejuvenate device.
Stryker Hip Replacement Lawsuit
Following the recall of the Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement device in July 2012, there have been an increasing number of Stryker hip implant lawsuits being filed across the country. The lawsuits have made allegations including Stryker metallosis, necrosis of the soft tissue surrounding the implant and dissolution of bones (osteolysis). By May 2013 there were over 160 Stryker hip replacement lawsuits and it was decided to consolidate these in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court.
If you or a member of your family have suffered through the use of a Stryker hip implant then you need to contact a competent Stryker hip recall lawyer who will provide advice and guidance regarding your case. It is always advisable to contact experienced Stryker hip attorneys as it is a specialized field and you will have a better chance of receiving compensation this way.