Patients who have degenerative hip conditions and are not achieving the desired results with treatments and prescription medications may require more invasive procedures, such as hip implants. Stryker is one of the leading names in the hip replacement industry, with operations in more than 100 countries across the globe. The company has manufactured numerous joint prosthetic products that have garnered high success rates. However, some of their systems have caused serious side effects and adverse reactions.
Stryker Hip Implants Recall
Unlike many other hip implant devices, Stryker hip replacement systems do not consist of a metal-on-metal design. Instead, they feature a cobalt and chromium stem that is coated with titanium. While this design component is intended to be resistant to corrosion, it also makes the device vulnerable to metal grating. As a result, the Stryker hip implant may release toxic metal debris into the patient’s system.
Due to the complications linked the implant, Stryker released an “Urgent Field Safety Notice” for their Rejuvenator Modular and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stem devices that warned physicians and hospital managers of the potential health risks. In July of 2012, they recalled the two products and discontinued global sales of the units.
Stryker Hip Implant Side Effects
Stryker hip implants are associated with a variety of adverse reactions and serious side effects that may diminish quality of life. Some may even require further correction surgeries to replace the faulty device. The following is a list of some of the most common complications related to these products:
Groin and abdomen pain and/or inflammation
Metal poisoning (rash, headache, and fatigue)
Severe metallic allergic reactions
Bone loss (osteolysis)
Localized tissue and/or bone death (necrosis)
Patients who have received a Stryker Rejuvenator Modular or ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stem implant can speak with a qualified legal professional to determine if they qualify for compensation. In some cases, the Stryker implant may have been released under another product name. Thus, it is important to carefully examine medical records to verify the manufacturer of the device.