Stryker Hip Replacements

If your Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip system failed and you underwent revision surgery to replace it after November 3, 2014, or if it fails in the future, you are not eligible for payment under the settlement announced last year.

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Why Were Stryker Hip Replacement Recalled?Symptoms of Injury Associated with Stryker Hips

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Why Were Stryker hip Replacements Recalled?

Physicians and health regulators have focused substantial attention on the dangers to patients from the release of tiny metallic particles from all-metal (also called metal-on-metal) hip implants.

Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stem systems contain chromium, cobalt, and titanium components. The friction created by the normal movement of the components that make up Stryker hip replacement systems can release microscopic shavings and metal debris into the surrounding tissue and blood. This can lead to a condition called metallosis, which is characterized by painful, inflammatory reactions in the tissue and a high blood-metal count.

Symptoms of Patients Injured by The Recalled Stryker Hips

On November 3, 2014, Stryker announced a settlement of the lawsuits involving patients whose Rejuvenate or ABG II hip replacement systems were revised prior to November 3, 2014. This settlement was valued at over $1 billion. Stryker’s liability is not capped. It is expected that the total amount of payments under the settlement will far exceed $1 billion dollars. Payments under the settlement program are projected for disbursement at the end of 2015.

Patients who have received Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II hip systems should be aware of the symptoms which may indicate that their devices are not functioning properly.

  • Common symptoms include:
  • Regular and prolonged pain in the groin, hip, or leg;
  • Swelling at or near the hip joint; or
  • Numbness
  • A limp or a change in walking ability
  • Skin Rash
  • Thyroid Dysfunction
  • Metallosis/ Blood Poisoning
  • Neurological changes such as auditory or visual impairments

In April 2012, Stryker issued an “Urgent Safety Alert” to surgeons for the two hip replacement systems. The alert listed “excessive metal debris and/or ion generation” as one of the safety risks to patients. According to Stryker’s Safety Alert, the following problems can result:

  • Metallosis (release of metal ions into the tissue and bloodstream);
  • Necrosis (premature tissue death);
  • Osteolysis (bone dissolution); and
  • Pain and loosening of the hip implant requiring revision surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions

Explore our FAQ to get the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about Stryker Hip Replacements

What are known complications associated with Stryker hip replacements?

Stryker hip replacements have been associated with several serious complications that have led to recalls in the past. Issues include device loosening, metallosis (metal poisoning due to metallic debris), and tissue damage around the joint. These problems can cause significant pain, inflammation, reduced mobility, and often necessitate revision surgery to replace or correct the faulty hip implant.

What steps should I take if I suspect my Stryker hip implant is defective?

If you suspect that your Stryker hip implant is defective, document all your symptoms and medical visits related to the issue. Contact your orthopedic surgeon to discuss your concerns and obtain a thorough medical assessment. It’s also important to retain any medical records and receipts related to your hip replacement surgery and follow-up care. Consulting with a personal injury attorney who specializes in medical device litigation can provide you with guidance on your legal rights and options for pursuing a claim.

What type of compensation might I be entitled to if I file a lawsuit for a defective Stryker hip replacement?

Individuals who have suffered due to defective Stryker hip replacements may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, including costs for revision surgeries, physical therapy, and any other treatments required due to complications. Additionally, you may be able to claim damages for pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of future earning potential, and diminished quality of life. In some cases, punitive damages may be awarded if negligence on the part of the manufacturer can be proven.

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