If you or someone you love had hip replacement surgery and have been told you have metallosis or some abnormal blood tests are now experiencing, hip pain, groin pain, weakness, back pain, knee pain, changes in your ability to walk, squeaking noises near the replacement joint or other unexplained pain or discomfort, contact Wocl Leydon, LLC for help. We are experienced product liability lawyers who have successfully handled Stryker hip replacement cases. Your case is personal to us. Speak directly with an attorney about your rights and legal options to help you hold the manufacturer liable if a defective hip implant caused you harm.
According to the FDA, metal particles from a metal-on-metal implant may cause a reaction around the joint, leading to the deterioration of the tissue around the joint, loosening of the implant, and failure of the device. Metal ions from a metal-on-metal implant will enter the bloodstream. There are case reports in which patients with metal-on-metal hip implants may have developed an adverse reaction to these metal ions and experienced medical problems that could have been related to their implants.
Types of Problems Stryker Hip Replacements Can Cause:
- General hypersensitivity reaction (skin rash)
- Neurological changes including sensory changes (auditory, or visual impairments)
- Psychological status change (including depression or cognitive impairment)
- Renal function impairment
- Thyroid dysfunction (including neck discomfort, fatigue, weight gain, or feeling cold)
Recently, one of the world’s leading medical technology companies, Stryker, announced a recall of its Rejuvenate Modular Necks and ABG II Modular-Neck stem implants, as well as the LFIT V40 Model. The company was forced to issue the recall after the devices had been linked to high rates of fretting corrosion at the neck junction, which in turn, could cause the patient serious harm.
For the aging population in the United States, technological advances in the field of joint replacement operations have made these surgeries more desirable and readily available. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, there are 2.5 million people in the U.S. living with an artificial hip.
While many of these surgeries and the implanted devices have helped people live happier, healthier, and more active lives, a defective medical device could cause severe illness or injury to the patient.