Another hip replacement recall. Stryker Corp. has recalled two hip replacement devices: the Rejuvenate, and the ABG II modular-neck stems.
The devices are being recalled because of risks of corrosion and “fretting,” or corrosion made worse by abrasive wear. The company says that the corrosion “may result in adverse local tissue reactions manifesting in pain and/or swelling.” Other adverse effects can include bone damage, tissue death (necrosis), or metallosis–when metal debris causes inflammation in the surrounding tissue. This type of inflammation may cause long-term, or even permanent damage.
HIP REPLACEMENT DANGERS
In 2010, we told you about a recall of two hip replacement devices by DePuy Orthopaedics: the ASR XL Acetabular System, and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. The recall was due to higher-than-usual failure rates, which caused thousands of patients to require second surgeries to replace the replacement. (To read that original blog, click here: DePuy Hip Replacement Recall Raises Mores Questions)
Now, the Stryker recall.
At this point, many experts are saying that people who have had any brand of metal-on-metal hip replacement should contact their physicians 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.
WHAT TO DO
If you already know that you received one of the recalled Stryker or DePuy hip replacement systems, we recommend two things:
1. Schedule a follow-up appointment with your surgeon, even if you’re not currently having symptoms. It is possible that you could have early signs of failure before you recognize the pain. Your doctor will be able to evaluate how your hip is functioning and whether the recalled implant is in need of replacement.
In that visit, your orthopedic surgeon may also want to test for the presence of microscopic metal particles around your hip. Metal particles are a sign that recalled implant is failing.
2. Call HensonFuerst Attorneys for important information about your rights. If you or someone you care about received one of these defective joint replacement components, we would like to speak with you right away. You may have a legal case and be able to collect compensation for the injury caused by a 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. The hip replacement companies are asking patients to register with them and receive a claim number. DO NOT DO THIS YOURSELF. Let a lawyer handle everything. Big corporations look out for their own financial interests, not the interests of people who may have been harmed.
HensonFuerst Attorneys is continuing its investigation into hip replacement failure rates. If you have questions and would like answers, call us.
If you are worried about your future health, call us.
If you can’t get straight answer from your surgeon or hospital, call us.
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This law firm is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or associated with the Stryker Corp., DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Johnson & Johnson, or any other hip replacement manufacturing company.