Lawyers For Patients Injured By Stryker Rejuvenate And ABG II Modular Implants
Walkup lawyers understand how to litigate defective metal-on-metal hip claims, including Stryker Rejuvenate and DePuy ASR. In the summer of 2012, Stryker Orthopaedics recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip implant systems. After being implanted in a patient, Stryker's Rejuvenate and ABG II modular hip systems can fail, causing severe pain and requiring additional surgery. Complications that may result in failure include:
- Wear or corrosion
- Joint loosening
- Excessive metal debris in the body
- Tissue inflammation and possible tissue death
- Adverse local tissue reaction
If you are experiencing painful complications or have undergone revision surgery associated with your hip implant, you deserve compensation for your pain and suffering. Contact Walkup's team of trial-proven hip implant specialists. Experience counts – choose a firm with proven documented success in the defective implant field.
These products were designed with the goal of providing orthopedic surgeons more options to correct health issues in the hip. However, post-market monitoring revealed that these systems seriously harmed patients.
A design defect in the Rejuvenate and ABG II causes a risk of corrosion and fretting, which can send dangerous metal particles throughout a patient's bloodstream. Many patients have reported tissue death, in addition to metallosis and significant pain around their hip implants.
Metal-On-Metal Hip-Related Tissue Death And Metallosis
When a Stryker Rejuvenate or other metal-on-metal hip implant system fails, a patient can suffer a variety of serious health consequences. Adverse local tissue reactions (ALTR) and metallosis are among the most common problems linked to defectively designed hip implants.
Symptoms associated with an adverse local tissue reaction include severe pain, motion limitations in the hip area, osteolysis, and decaying bones and muscles.
Fretting and corrosion of a Stryker hip implant system can also send harmful metal ions through a patient's body. The impact of this metal debris is most severe in the immediate area around a failed hip implant and often results in metallosis.
Patients who suffer metallosis can experience extraordinary pain around their hip implants due to tumor-like growths (pseudo tumors) and tissue death (necrosis), which is indicated by the presence of a severe rash.
Metallosis can also compound the failure of a hip implant by killing the healthy tissue that is supposed to help keep the implant in place.
Revision Surgery For Stryker Rejuvenate And ABG II Stems
The only successful cure for a failing Stryker hip implant is revision surgery. Stryker Orthopaedics has admitted that its hip stems are so dangerous that even patients who are not experiencing symptoms of hip implant failure should consult with their surgeons.
Common risks associated with revision surgery include:
- Bone fractures
- Femoral fracture
- Avascular necrosis
- Uneven legs
- Debilitating pain
- Lengthy rehabilitation
- Additional revision surgery
Revision surgery is often extremely painful and risky because Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II stems are designed to fuse with a patient's bone. The risk of surgical complications is also high for hip implant patients because few surgeons are experienced in this type of complicated surgery.
Even successful revision surgeries can leave a patient permanently disfigured, in pain and with a significant rehabilitation period. Unfortunately, many patients still experience decreased quality of life after revision surgery.
Choose A Firm With A Proven Trial Record Representing Stryker Hip Implant Patients
The San Francisco law firm of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger specializes in representing individuals who have been harmed by defective medical devices, including metal-on-metal hips.
Walkup Melodia was the first law firm to take a defective DePuy hip implant case to trial, resulting in an $8.3 million verdict on behalf of our client. This is the only trial to date where there was a victory for the patient. We currently represent hundreds of patients injured by defective metal-on-metal hip implants and have the resources to successfully litigate even the most complex claims. We believe each case deserves personal attention and should be handled by an experienced attorney.
If you or a loved one has experienced these injuries or has questions about a Stryker hip implant, contact us online or call us at 415-906-3764 and speak with partners Michael Kelly, Matthew Davis or Khaldoun Baghdadi.