Stryker hip implants have various design defects which may cause corrosion and fretting. Call California’s Walkup Law Firm for a free consultation regarding your legal rights at (415) 981-7210.
Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger is at the forefront of metal-on-metal hip implant litigation.
We are the first and only legal team to win a metal-on-metal implant lawsuit in court. As nationally recognized defective hip implant experts, our legal team has amassed a considerable wealth of information regarding the damage that metal-on-metal hip implants can cause.
All-metal implants have complications and side-effects which are not seen in older hip implant models that use plastic or ceramic components. This is one of the reasons why metal-on-metal implants are considered to be one of the most dramatic medical device failures in recent history.
Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacements Pose Serious Risks
Total hip implant systems typically consist of a ball and socket just like an organic hip.
When both the ball and socket are made of metal, friction from everyday activities such as walking can cause metal particles to be released into a person’s body.
Metal ions in the blood are not normal and potentially extremely dangerous for a person’s health. The consequences of metal ions vary among patients, but even low amounts of metal ions can impact a person’s nervous system, thyroid gland and heart.
Some all-metal hip implants release cobalt and chromium particles into patients’ bodies. These metals can cause hip or groin pain, swelling and numbness, and other complications that may leave a person unable to walk.
Excessive friction, looseness, and misplaced components may also result in side effects such as severe pain, pseudo tumors and lymphocytic inflammation.
For anyone with a Stryker metal-on-metal hip implant, it is important to understand these risks and to pay attention to signs that the device may be malfunctioning. Specialized MRI imaging and blood testing are required.
An appropriate course of action will depend on the individual circumstances. If you experience these symptoms and have a metal-on-metal hip implant, make an appointment with your orthopedic surgeon to evaluate the implant. In severe cases, you may need to have the hip implant replaced.
Contact Our Defective And Dangerous Product Lawyers Now
Individuals who have been harmed by defective hip implants have legal options. Thousands of lawsuits have already been filed nationwide, and it is important to speak with an experienced personal injury law firm to discuss your potential claims.
For a free consultation about your Stryker defective implant case, call us at (415) 981-7210, contact the Walkup firm online or contact partners Michael Kelly, Khaldoun Baghdadi or Matthew Davis directly.