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Have You Been Affected By the Stryker Hip Recall?
In July, 2012, Stryker Orthopedics recalled the Rejuvenate and ABGII hip implants; the two devices had only been on the market since February, 2010. At the time the two implants were released, Stryker claimed they would last much longer than other hip implants (from 15-20 years, potentially) and that the devices were much safer than other metal-on-metal hip implants. These claims were less than accurate, as adverse event reports began coming in to the FDA within a few short months of the release of the two devices. A number of surgeons reported that when removing a Rejuvenate or ABGII from their patient, a substance which looked like “black rust” was present, while others noted the presence of a milky substance in the hip tissues.
Many recipients of one of the hip implants found they were have symptoms of metallosis or metal poisoning relatively soon after their implantation. In the two and a half years the Rejuvenate and ABGII were on the market, over 20,000 were sold. At the time of the Stryker hip recall, the company conceded that the failure rate of both devices was higher than normal and that there was a higher likelihood of fretting and corrosion at the neck junction, leading to the release of excess cobalt and chromium ions into the bloodstream and surrounding hip tissues. Of course Stryker also attempted to minimize their liability by claiming many of the bad results were either due to the patient’s prior medical history or the surgeons’ inability to properly place the device or properly clean the device.
The company stated that patients with a metal sensitivity, those who were overweight, or those with a prior infection, diabetes or other medical issues were more prone to developing metallosis or metal toxicity. Symptoms of metallosis include acute inflammation, pain in the groin, hip or thigh, destruction of bone and tissue and total hip failure. Many of these symptoms will eventually lead to the necessity of hip revision surgery. Symptoms of metal poisoning include: gastrointestinal, renal, thyroid, neurological and cardiovascular disorders, loss of hearing and vision, memory loss, vertigo, reproductive disorders, the development of pseudo-tumors, disruption of DNA, and the development of certain types of cancers.
The statute of repose is not dependent on injury, rather on a specific event. The New Hampshire Stryker hip statute of limitations can be much more complex than it appears at first glance, therefore it is important that you consult a highly qualified New Hampshire Stryker hip lawyer as soon as possible.