South Carolina Stryker Hip Implant Recall Lawyer Who Fights For Justice
Stryker Orthopaedics has recalled the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, which are metal-on-metal hip implants that have been causing serious injuries to patients similar to the problems of the recalled DePuy hip implants. First released on the market in 2009, the Stryker hip implants cause fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junctions, leading to toxic metal debris loosening and entering the bloodstream. Our drug injury attorneys represent patients whose defective medical devices caused serious personal injuries or required replacement surgery due to the recall.
Alarming Stryker Hip Implant Side Effects
Stryker Orthopaedics decided to recall the Rejuvenate and AGB II modular-neck hip stems after patients were experiencing a high risk of fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction. The Stryker hip implant side effects include:
- Cobalt poisoning and other metal poisoning
- Tissue death (necrosis)
- Implant failure, loosening and dislocation
Hip Implant Patients Must be Aware of Early Indicators of Device Failure
Stryker recommends all patients implanted with a Rejuvenate or AGBII modular-neck hip stem device see their surgeon at once; replacement surgery may be necessary. Patients must be aware of the early symptoms of implant failure, including but not limited to:
- Pain at or around the implant location
- Abscesses (fluid-filled pockets within bodily tissue)
- Tissue damage
Recalled Hip Implants Approved Under Controversial FDA Program
Many people mistakenly believe that if the FDA approves a drug or medical device, it must be safe and have gone through much objective research and clinical trials. This is not true.
The FDA has an accelerated program, known as the 501(k) program, to approve certain medical devices and allow manufacturers to release them onto the market without extensive safety testing. Some categories of medical devices are allowed to be released in this manner if the device is substantially equivalent to another approved device (called the “predicate device”).
If the predicate device is dangerous or recalled, the other devices approved after through the 501(k) process will still be available. This program is heavily criticized as allowing dangerous and defective medical devices onto the market without warning to consumers.
Patients are Entitled to Compensation
It is unjust for patients who have gone through an initial hip replacement surgery and recovery period to need an additional surgery due to the negligence and fault of the device manufacturer. These individuals are therefore entitled to compensation to pay for necessary surgeries, medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. Contact our drug injury lawyers if you have or had a Stryker hip implant that caused you serious injury to schedule a free attorney consultation.
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