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How the DePuy ASR Hip Recall Affected Thousands of People
The recall of the DePuy ASR may well represent one of the biggest medical device failures in recent history; the trials were expected to shed some light on exactly what DePuy knew about the problems associated with the device prior to the recall in August, 2010. Metal-on-metal hip implant devices in which both the cup and the ball are constructed of metal, accounted for one in three implants used in the United States just a few short years ago, yet now account for only 10% or less.
It is estimated that as many as 100,000 of the ASR implants were sold worldwide, and at the time of the recall the FDA had received over 400 adverse event reports related to the device.
On a separate note, the Stryker Rejuvenate hip recall and the Stryker ABGII hip recall occurred in July, 2012, and while that recall was voluntary, the FDA was putting pressure on Stryker after receiving over 300 adverse event reports related to the two devices.
Are You a Victim of the Stryker ABGII Hip Dangers?
At the time of the Stryker ABGII hip recall and the Stryker Rejuvenate hip recall, Stryker listed the potential hazards of the two devices as “excessive metal debris and/or ion generation. Fretting and/or corrosion at or about the modular neck junction may lead to increased metal ion generation in the surrounding joint space.” Stryker noted that those with a heightened sensitivity to metal might experience more extreme levels of allergic reaction and could be more prone to having to undergo Stryker Rejuvenate hip revision surgery. Stryker also stated that excessive patient weight, a prior history of diseases such as diabetes or infection, inadequate locking of the Morse taper or inadequate cleaning of the neck taper could be responsible for an increased amount of ion debris generation.
What Causes DePuy Pinnacle Hip Metal Debris?
Despite the more than 1,300 adverse event reports submitted to the FDA regarding DePuy Pinnacle hip metal debris and metal toxicity, DePuy continues to maintain there is no defect in the Pinnacle—even though the Pinnacle and the recalled ASR have many design characteristics in common. When the Pinnacle is used with a metal liner, the number of problems patients experience appears to increase.
In comparing and contrasting metal debris from different brands, Stryker Rejuvenate hip metal debris and Stryker ABGII hip metal debris tend to occur at the neck/stem junction while DePuy Pinnacle hip metal debris and Depuy ASR hip metal debris tend to occur more between the metal ball and cup.
The Problems Associated With Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Metal Blood Poisoning
While every person will have a somewhat different tolerance level to heavy metal build-up in the body, virtually any level of cobalt and chromium in the body is considered dangerous. In general, any level of cobalt over 5 parts per billion is considered toxic, yet a significant number of patients with metal-on-metal hips have tested at many times that level. Stryker Rejuvenate hip chromium and cobalt poisoning can lead to gastrointestinal disorders, loss of hearing and vision, neurological disorders, cardiovascular, renal and thyroid disorders, reproductive problems, vertigo, loss of short-term memory, irritability, depression, anxiety, the formation of pseudo-tumors, increased amounts of lymphocytes, certain types of cancers and skin rashes. Stryker Rejuvenate metallosis can lead to chronic pain and headaches, deterioration of bone and tissue, failure of the hiop implant and the necessity of revision surgery.
Omaha, Nebraska Hip Metallosis Lawsuits
There are currently more than 2,300 Stryker hip lawsuits for the ABGII and the Rejuvenate, more than 11,000 lawsuits filed against DePuy for harm suffered from the ASR and over 5,000 lawsuits filed against DePuy for harm suffered from the Pinnacle. If you have suffered harm from one of these hip implant devices or from a Biomet, Smith & Nephew, Wright or Zimmer Durom, it is important that you seek qualified legal advice. After speaking to your attorney, you may determine it is in your best interests to file an Omaha, Nebraska hip metallosis lawsuit.
How the Omaha, Nebraska Stryker Rejuvenate / ABGII Hip Statute of Limitations May Affect You
The statute of limitations in product liability cases varies from state to state. The Omaha, Nebraska Stryker Rejuvenate / ABGII hip statute of limitations is four years, beginning on the date your injury occurred. Nebraska also has a ten-year statute of repose which begins on the date the product is first sold. Statutes of Limitations are complex, and only an experienced and qualified Omaha, Nebraska hip metallosis attorney can properly determine exactly how much time you have to file a hip metallosis lawsuit. If you let the Omaha Nebraska Stryker Rejuvenate / ABGII hip statutes of limitations pass you by without filing suit against the company responsible for your injuries, you could find yourself with little recourse.
Speaking to an Experienced Omaha, Nebraska Hip Metallosis Attorney
If you have suffered injury from a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABGII, a DePuy Pinnacle or ASR or any other metal hip implant, it could be beneficial to speak to an Omaha, Nebraska metal on metal hip lawyer. A well qualified hip metallosis lawyer will work hard towards making sure that your claim is filed in a timely manner, and try to protect your rights and be the advocate you need during this difficult time.