Stryker Corporation, a medical technology manufacturer, has come under fire in recent lawsuits alleging manufacturing defects in Stryker hip implants. Many implant patients allege that Stryker’s hip implants fail prematurely, leading to a host of medical complications.
Between 2009 and 2016, Stryker issued a series of voluntary recalls for numerous hip implant devices, including the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Modular hip stems. The FDA published notices of the recall and supported Stryker’s efforts to contain and “quarantine” its faulty devices.
Premature failure, metal toxicity risks
According to Stryker’s official recall announcements, several of its hip stems–including the Rejuvenate and ABG models–were coated with titanium. This coating was apparently intended to increase the implants’ durability and flexibility. However, doctors discovered that when the titanium heads rubbed against each other, they shed small metal particles into the surrounding tissue. This process, called “ion shedding”, could lead to inflammation, soreness, and potential infection of the tissue surrounding the hip. In more severe cases, it may cause metal toxicity.
Symptoms caused by ion shedding include:
- Inflammation at site
- Pain and tenderness
- Stiffness and difficulty walking
- Irritation and itching
Unfortunately, ion shedding is not the only dangerous side effect of the recalled devices. Other potential risks of Stryker hip implants include premature failure and dislocation.
Symptoms of these conditions may include:
- Sharp or ache-like pains near hip
- Nerve damage in hip or leg
- Stiffness or difficulty walking
Although many of Stryker’s recalls were issued several years ago, numerous patients may still have the faulty devices in their bodies. In 2014, Stryker agreed to a $1 billion dollar mass settlement for patients suffering injury from certain implant devices. Though this case is already settled, other Stryker hip implant lawsuits against the medical manufacturing giant are still ongoing, including litigation involving the LFIT V40 femoral head recall and ABG II implants.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with complications arising from a Stryker hip implant, call the Tennessee Stryker hip implant attorneys at David Randolph Smith for a free consultation. Our medical device lawyers are ready to advise you on the next steps for your Stryker implant lawsuit.