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About Stryker Hip Implants
In recent years, Stryker Orthopaedics has manufactured metal-on-metal hip implants that have been at the center of several lawsuits alleging that these parts have not been functioning properly and have caused problems within patients who undergo hip surgery. The Stryker Hip Implant lawsuit involves the V40 femoral head used in the Stryker Accolade. Additionally, Stryker also manufactured the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip modules, both of which were recalled in 2012.
The issue with the metal-on-metal hip implants is that when the parts rub against each other, they send metal particles into the bloodstream. This then leads to metal poisoning due to the release of cobalt chromium from those metal parts into the bloodstream of the patient. Do to the systemic reactions caused by the metal poisoning within the body, metal-on-metal implants have been the focus of widespread recalls and thousands of lawsuits. Health and regulatory agencies within the United States (such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration), Canada, and the United Kingdom have urged the medical community and patients to routinely examine the patients who use these parts for hip replacement surgery by closely monitoring their blood for metal poisoning. Despite these warnings, the Stryker Accolade V40 femoral head is still currently on the market and has not yet been recalled. However, in late 2016, Stryker issued warnings to patients and medical professionals as to the potentially dangerous risks of using these implants.
If you have had symptoms such as hip, leg, or groin pain, popping, clicking or grinding sounds from the hip, hip joint swelling, or decreased mobility following a Stryker hip implant surgery, you may have a case. Other side effects can cause a reaction to the immune system from metal poisoning, which may be characterized by symptoms such as skin rashes, impaired kidney function, fatigue, a weakened or enlarged heart muscle, infection, headache, depression, cognitive impairment, thyroid issues, or hearing and vision problems.
It can often be financially, psychologically, and physically devastating for patients to undergo such an invasive and painful surgery, only to find out that the parts used were defective and would require a revision surgery. These hip implant lawsuits can result in compensation for loss of wages (past and future), pain and suffering, medical expenses, hospital bills, attorney and legal fees, and other damages. If you or a loved one have experienced any of these harmful side effects or have had to undergo revision surgery, please contact us immediately to obtain more information.