Eight Stryker Hip Lawsuits Filed in New Jersey
Within just months of the July 6, 2012, Stryker hip recall, at least eight people had already filed Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuits alleging Stryker Orthopaedics negligently sold a defective product. All of the Stryker hip recall lawsuits claim that the defective nature of the Stryker Rejuvenate modular neck-stems caused metallosis and other side effects that forced plaintiffs to undergo revision surgery.
The Stryker Rejuvenate stems, along with the AGB II modular neck-stem, were recalled after Stryker determined they were prone to fretting and corrosion. According to Stryker, this can can cause patients to suffer from pain, swelling and adverse local tissue reactions. About 20,000 of the affected hip stems were sold in the U.S., according to the Stryker hip recall notice.
Metallosis is one side effect victims of the Stryker Rejuvenate may experience if their implant suffers from fretting or corrosion. Metallosis is a reaction to microscopic bits of metallic debris shed from the Stryker Rejuvenate device. If these toxic metal ions accumulate in the tissue surrounding the implant to dangerous levels, the body's immune system will trigger a reaction in an attempt to expel them. This causes metallosis, which results in blackening and death of the affected tissue, and possibly the development of pseudo tumors and effusions (pockets filled with fluid).
Patients with metallosis may experience pain, loosening of their implant, an increase in audible squeaks or pops from the infected joint, and difficulty walking. The only treatment for metallosis is revision surgery to remove and replace the responsible implant. The sooner this is done, the more tissue and bone loss can be mitigated. For this reason, Stryker Rejuvenate patients who experience any possible symptoms of metallosis need to inform their doctors immediately. Imaging tests, as well as blood tests to measure metal ion levels, will likely be ordered to determine if revision surgery is warranted.
Considering how many Stryker Rejuvenate and AGB II modular neck-stems were sold in the U.S., it's highly likely that more Stryker lawsuits will be filed in courts around the country in the coming months. If you're interested in learning more about this issue, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP's Stryker Rejuvenate recall website today, or give us a call at 1-877-779-1414.