In previous videos and blogs, we told you about the recall of two hip replacement devices by DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson. Now, a similar recall has been announced by another company, Stryker Corporation. Stryker has recalled two hip replacement devices: the Rejuvenate, and the ABG II modular-neck stems.
These devices are being recalled because of risks of corrosion and “fretting,” which is when portions of the hip replacement are worn away by abrasion. The corrosion may cause harmful tissue reactions in the hip area, which leads to pain and/or swelling. Other adverse effects can include bone damage, tissue death (or “necrosis”), or metallosis–when metal debris causes inflammation in the surrounding tissue. This type of inflammation may cause long-term, or even permanent damage.
At this point, many experts are saying that people who have had any brand of metal-on-metal hip replacement should contact their physician and request testing to make sure that their hip replacement devices aren’t harming them. That’s especially true if you have had a Stryker or DePuy hip replacement, because these companies have admitted that at least some of their hip replacement devices are capable of causing damage.
So…what should you do if you have a Stryker, DePuy, or other metal-on-metal hip replacement?
WHAT TO DO
First, schedule a follow-up appointment with your surgeon, even if you’re not currently having symptoms. It’s possible that your hip could be failing, even before you experience pain. Your doctor will be able to evaluate how your hip is functioning. In addition, your physician may also want to test for the presence of microscopic metal particles around your hip, a sign that an implant is failing.
Second, if you know that you have one of the recalled Stryker or DePuy devices… OR if you have severe pain around your hip… OR if you have been told that you have a defective hip replacement, call HensonFuerst Attorneys for important information about your rights. You may have a legal case and be able to collect compensation for the injury caused by the faulty medical device.
What’s most important: DO NOT contact Stryker or DePuy, or SIGN ANY RELEASES OF YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS to any company before you talk with a lawyer. Don’t “register” or attempt to file a claim on your own. Let a lawyer handle everything. Big corporations look out for their own financial interests, not the interests of people who may have been harmed.
If you are worried about your future health, or if you would finally like your questions answered, call us at 1-800-4-LAWMED. Or, visit our website at www.lawmed.com for more information. At HensonFuerst, your health is at the top of our priority list. We dedicate ourselves to protecting individuals from the greed and callousness of large corporations. Let us work for you.
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To see the video on YouTube, click here: Stryker Hip Replacement
To read our previous blogs about hip replacement recalls and issues, click the following links: