Understanding Stryker Hip Replacement Failures
Stryker, a medical products company based in Kalamazoo, MI, sells several types of hip replacements for patients who need this joint replaced after an injury or medical condition has caused damage. In June 2012, the company announced a recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG II model hip implants. Although Stryker says the risk associated with the implants is “very low,” it has not released specific numbers showing how many people have been affected.
The implants were recalled due to concerns over “fretting” and corrosion within the implants. Fretting occurs when tiny movements within parts that haven’t been securely attached result in wear on the surfaces of the implant that touches one another. Corrosion may occur when the metal oxidizes, creating metal ions that may cause injury at the implant site or that may travel throughout the body.
The risks of hip implant failure for patients include a risk of heavy metal toxicity if fretting or corrosion releases an unacceptably high level of metal ions. Corrosion-released metal ions can also cause pain and tissue death, which may require additional surgeries to fix. An allergic reaction to the metal fragments is also possible. Some of these reactions are life-threatening, and many require medical intervention to control allergy symptoms until the implant can be removed. Bone loss in the area of the implant may also occur, increasing the risk of additional fractures or other injuries in the hip area.
If you’ve been injured by a Stryker hip implant, don’t hesitate to contact aggressive medical product recall attorney John Page, who serves both Missouri and Illinois residents. For a free and confidential consultation, call our office today at (314) 322-8515.