Modular neck stem systems manufactured by Stryker Orthopaedics were recently recalled after post-market studies revealed unacceptably high failure rates. The risks associated with Stryker hip systems greatly outweigh the benefits, which is why the company has advised all individuals with Stryker neck stem implants to consult with their surgeons.
Thousands of Stryker hip implant systems have failed and many patients have undergone extensive revision surgery. Patients who have been injured by a failing Stryker hip implant often experience residual pain and may be entitled to compensation.
How Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular Hip Systems Work
Stryker hip implants have a modular design that gave surgeons the unprecedented ability to tailor a hip implant to a patient's anatomy. The implants are made of several metal components that can be configured in various ways to address the particular needs of a patient.
Unfortunately, the modular joints of these hip systems posed an unexpected problem: The friction generated by a patient's normal movements can cause fretting and corrosion at the hip implant joints. Stryker hip stem systems often wear down and send harmful metal particles throughout a patient's body.
Typical symptoms of Stryker hip implant corrosion include:
- Tissue and bone death (necrosis)
- Severe rashes
- Metal ions in the blood
- Debilitating pain
- Tumor-like growths (pseudotumors)
- Mobility limitations
- Hip implant failure
The only cure for a hip stem failure is to remove the defective implant and the dead tissue around it. Revision surgery is typically costly and painful, exposing patients to an increased risk of infection and bone fractures.
The rehabilitation period associated with revision surgery is often lengthy and may result in residual pain and uneven legs, among other things.
California's Premier Hip Implant Failure Law Firm
The downtown San Francisco law firm of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger is at the forefront of defective hip implant litigation. Our firm specializes in product liability cases involving defective all-metal hip implants such as the Stryker stem system.
In 2013, Walkup Melodia was the first law firm to win a defective DePuy ASR hip implant case against Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopaedics division. Our efforts resulted in an $8.3 million verdict on behalf of our client.
Our firm believes that every person with a defective hip implant deserves special personal attention from an experienced attorney. All of the hip implant cases taken by Walkup Melodia are handled by our senior partners.
If you or a loved one has a Stryker hip stem system, contact the Walkup law firm online or call us at 415-906-3764 and speak with partners Michael Kelly, Matthew Davis or Khaldoun Baghdadi.