Questions About Stryker Hip Replacements

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Why are Stryker hip replacements being recalled?

According to Stryker Orthopaedics, there is a potential for "fretting and corrosion" where the parts of these modular Stryker hip replacements come together. "Fretting" is when the parts aren't completely secure and tiny movements result in wear at the contact surface. Corrosion is when a metal interacts chemically with its surroundings, typically by becoming oxidized. Often this results in the formation of soluble metal ions that can cause local injury, but can also be transported throughout the body.

What Stryker hip replacement models are covered by the recall?

The recall covers only Rejuvenate and ABG II modular systems.

What are the symptoms of Stryker hip implant failure?

The most common symptoms reported by people with defective hip replacements are swelling, pain, and loss of mobility. If you experience these symptoms, you should contact your doctor immediately.

How common are Stryker hip implant failures?

We don't know. When Stryker Orthopaedics sent out its initial communications on this issue, it stated that revision surgery rates were "less than one percent." That figure was used as late as May 28, 2012, but it is no longer being used. Instead, Stryker describes the complication rates as "extremely low." Although this is intended to sound reassuring, it also tells us they are likely unsure about the actual failure rate.

If Stryker and industry experts were sure the rate would remain extremely low, they might not have initiated this recall, but the concern is that reports of failure "may be predictive of a trend" of increasing failures.

What health concerns are associated with Stryker hip implant failures?

Stryker Orthopaedics has stated the following concerns about the fretting and/or corrosion of the hip implants:

  • Excessive metal debris may lead to local metal toxicity, tissue death, and pain, resulting in a need for revision surgery
  • Patients may experience an allergic reaction to the metal fragments and need revision surgery
  • Patients may experience bone loss around the implant

However, in addition to these concerns, we know from experience with other hip implants that there is a possibility of systemic metal toxicity, leading to permanent neurological damage. If detected and removed during the early phases, though, few patients will experience this extreme type of heavy metal poisoning.

When should I contact a lawyer about my Stryker hip replacement?

If you have health concerns or are unsure about the type of your hip replacement, you should contact your doctor. If you know you have suffered injury associated with a Stryker hip replacement, you should contact a lawyer. Even if you do not know the full extent of your injury, talking to a lawyer can help you preserve your rights to full compensation for your injury.

What compensation is available for Stryker hip replacement injuries?

We do not know the full extent of compensation, but it will likely include payment for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Disability and diminished earning capacity
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Pain and suffering

There may also be punitive damages assigned if it is found that Stryker Orthopaedics was grossly negligent or acted inappropriately in response to reports of injury.

Why should I contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates about my Stryker hip replacement injuries?

The defective product attorneys in South Carolina at McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates have over 30 years experience defending the rights of injury victims in South Carolina. Our attorneys have experience taking on medical device and pharmaceutical drug manufacturers and we know how to win these types of cases. We can't guarantee victory in your case, but we can guarantee we will dedicate ourselves to your cause and employ the best strategies available. Our offices in Columbia, Lexington, Orangeburg, Sumter, Camden, Aiken, and Newberry mean we are close to you--and if your mobility has been impacted by your hip replacement, we will come to you. Best of all, the consultation is FREE--it won't cost you anything to see if we can help.

If you have suffered injury associated with Stryker hip replacements, please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates today to schedule your free consultation.  Serving the areas of Camden, Sumter, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Columbia, and Aiken, South Carolina.