Over the past two years our attorneys have shared information about the DePuy metal-on-metal hip replacement recalls. Those products, manufactured by a company owned by Johnson & Johnson, has affected thousands of patients across the country, including some in Illinois. Unfortunately, the problems associated with that device are not necessarily unique. Other hip implant systems may also post similar risks to patients, and it is critical that local residents be aware of those risks so that appropriate steps can be taken to prevent harm or seek accountability.
The latest defective hip implant system making waves involves the Stryker Orthopaedic Rejuvenate Modular Hip Implant or ABG II modular-neck hip system. It was recalled in July of this year and many affect local residents. We urge those who have had a hip implant (or know others who have) to be vigilant about these particular dangers to see if you or your loved one might be affected.
Stryker Recall Basics
These metal hip replacement systems have been shown to cause a series of potential problems for those who recieved the modular-neck hip system. In particular, problem signs include pain, swelling, inflammation, and problems with mobility. Those residents who received this product and exhibit any of these signs should be sure to seek quick medical help to determine if their implant is safe and secure.
Like the products at the center of the DePuy hip recall, this recalled Stryker hip implant is a “metal on metal” device. This design is what likely leads to the problems. That is because, according to recent reports on the issue, the metal can corrode. The corrision may lead to a dispelling of metallic particles into the patient’s body. Of course, having metal particles in the body and through the bloodstream is incredibly dangerous, and so this problem is entirely unacceptable–hence the recall. Metallosis, necrosis, and osteolysis may all result with this corrosion problem. These issue may result in the severe pain, discomfort, and mobility problems. The hip may actually even dislocate. In some cases a revision surgery is required to correct the problem.
What makes this recall particularly disturbing is the fact that these Stryker products were incredibly popular. As many as 20,000 patients may have received these products before they were pulled from the market. That means that many residents, including those in our area, may ultimately be affected by this situation. For that reason it is critical for news to be shared about the situation
Legal Help for Stryker Hip Recall in Chicago
It goes without saying that it is entirely unacceptable for a medical product to be used in a procedure that causes more harm to the patient. These devices are supposed to fix them, not lead to more trouble. Fortunately, the civil law provides a way for those harmed by these errors to seek accountability. That is true no matter what the underlying problem with the medical device, including manufacturing problems, design problems, or surgical errors.
If you are in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois and may have been affected by this Stryker hip recall, please take a moment to contact our lawyers to see how we can help. We are investigating this latest recall to help those harmed and ensure all parties are held accountable for their roll in the situation.
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