Pittsburgh PA Defective Stryker Hip Replacement Attorney
Stryker Hip Replacement Lawyers
At Dallas W. Hartman, P.C., our defective surgical device lawyers have been investigating the dangers of the Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II hip replacement systems since well before they were pulled from the market in 2012. Our experienced attorneys have been representing clients who have been injured by defective medical products for more than 25 years. Our knowledge about products liability and hip replacement settlements and litigation is deeply rooted in our awareness of the regulatory history of hip replacement systems.
At Dallas W. Hartman, P.C., we make every effort to serve our clients’ best interests by regularly researching defective surgical devices and consulting with health professionals to provide ourselves with insight into the damages that hip replacement products like Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II can do. Our ultimate goal is to get victims the compensation they deserve.
How are Stryker hip implants different from others?
Stryker manufactured and marketed its Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacement systems differently than most other past devices of a similar nature. Stryker built these systems with four separate moving parts as compared to most other devices that use two parts. In the past, hip replacement products consisted of one part (stem, neck, and ball) that connected to the top of the femur bone and one part (cup/joint) that connected to the pelvis. The Rejuvenate and ABG II systems consist of a stem connected to the femur, a separate mobile neck, movable ball, and a receiver cup connected to the pelvis. Stryker marketed these product as more mobile and easier for surgeons to use since all four parts are interchangeable for the best fit in a specific person.
The neck of the Stryker hip replacement devices are made of a heavy metal mixture of cobalt and chromium. Certain components of the system are made of a ceramic-like material and the stem and other parts of the device are coated in liquid titanium to stop grinding and corrosion. Rejuvenate and ABG II were offered to people who had rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, avascular necrosis, failed revision implants, and other functional deformities.
Stryker hip implants cause serious, sometimes irreversible, pain and injuries
The full gamut of injuries caused by the Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II hip replacement devices encompasses varied types of health risks. Most of the known injuries for which Stryker’s hip replacement systems are accountable are due to the products’ metallic parts corroding, fretting, flaking, and cracking. These failing processes can leave shards of metal stuck in tissue and joints, and can release high levels of metal toxicity into the bloodstream. Metallic shards and metal toxicity can lead to the death of tissue and bones, as well as kidney, liver, and other organ failure. In addition, those who have been implanted with a Stryker hip implant device have been diagnosed with bone dissolution, tumors, fluid in joints, hypersensitivity to metal, and inflammation of the synovial membrane.
In order to treat those affected by the failing Stryker hip implants, surgeons must remove the device entirely. However, removing a replacement hip product can cause severe pain, infection, bone breaks and fracturing, a difference in leg lengths causing lifelong limping, and an increased risk of hip dislocation.
Facts about the Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II hip replacement recall
Stryker’s hip replacement products were approved by the Food and Drug Administration through a special federal provision that allows medical device manufacturers to be exempt from safety testing requirements that most other products must pass before they are placed on the market. This was allowed by the FDA because they say that Stryker was able prove that its products were similar to hip replacement devices that already passed FDA testing and standards. However, people who received Stryker hip implants made the same complaints as those who had received the previously FDA-approved implants.
In April of 2012, Stryker issued what is called an “Urgent Field Safety Notice for Corrective Action.” Stryker announced that it had updated surgery instructions for both the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacement systems due to the possibility for corrosion at and around the modular neck component. In June of that year, Stryker and its parent-company, Howmedica Osteonics Corp., conducted studies and initiated a recall, that eventually took place during the first week of July, due to the risks of possible corrosion and cracking of the modular neck component.
Call a defective Stryker hip replacement lawyer today for a free consultation
If you have been injured by either the Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABG II hip replacement devices, the defective surgical device lawyers at Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. are here to help. Be it metal poisoning or tissue and bone death, speak first to the surgeon who performed the operation to find out exactly with what you were implanted. Even if the entire, four-part Stryker system was not used, the surgeon may have used certain components to fit your specific body-type. Once you have consulted your surgeon and confirmed the product identification notices that come with your medical chart, call Dallas W. Hartman, P.C. to find out the next steps in the process of getting compensated for your pain and suffering.
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