Stryker Hip Replacement: Devices, Problems, Lawsuits & Recalls
Stryker Rejuvenate Hip | Stryker ABG Hips | Stryker V40 Femoral Head | Stryker Accolade Hip | Lawsuit Settlements & Updates |
Styker metal on metal hip replacements are one of the many hip replacement products that have either been recalled or are embroiled in hip replacement lawsuits. See a list of Stryker metal hip products and their associated recalls, lawsuits and problems below.
Stryker Rejuvenate Metal Hip Replacement problems & Lawsuits
On paper, the Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement system looks great.
Most hip replacements have a one-piece “neck and stem” design, in which one big, chunky piece fits inside another big, chunky piece. They can work just fine, but they can limit mobility.
Instead of this “monoblock” design, the Stryker Rejuvenate has six “stems” and 16 “necks,” which means that it can be adjusted to suit the needs of the body of each person in whom it is implanted, and that it permits a greater range of motion. At least, that was the idea.
In practice, though, all those necks and stems means that a large number of pieces are rubbing against other pieces every time you take a step.
Hey, you may be thinking, bone rubs against bone in the human body, and that’s not necessarily a problem.
Well, yes, sometimes that’s true, but, then, sometimes it’s not. Bone-on-bone friction can indeed release potentially dangerous bone fragments into the body.
Stryker Rejuvenate Metal Hip Problems
But here’s why the piece-on-piece friction in the Stryker Rejuvenate is a problem.
In the Stryker Rejuvenate device, the “necks” are made of cobalt and chromium, and the “stems” are made of titanium-coated metal. When these metals rub against each other, tiny particles of metal can rub or flake off and enter the bloodstream.
Hey, you may be thinking, metal inside the human body isn’t necessarily a problem. I have silver fillings in my teeth, I had braces as a kid, and my brother has that pin in his leg.
Well, yes, sometimes it’s true that metal implants have been safely used for years in implanted devices like fillings and surgical pins. Most such devices are made of surgical-grade stainless steel.
Stryker Rejuvenate metal hip replacement & metallosis
Why Stryker chose to put these two potentially toxic metals in its Rejuvenate hip replacement devices – especially since it used them at the sites of greatest friction – is, in our opinion, baffling. But that’s what the company did.
Cobalt, one of the metals used in the Rejuvenate, can be toxic, especially when tiny fragments of it are released into the bloodstream.
Chromium, another of the metals used in the Rejuvenate, can also be toxic, especially when tiny fragments of it are released into the bloodstream.
Anyone could have foreseen that thousands of people who have been implanted with Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement devices would eventually file lawsuits. And that’s exactly what has happened.
Some people with Stryker Rejuvenate devices have experienced such health problems as pain, infection, reduced mobility, and a toxic condition called metallosis.
In really bad cases, those fragments of metal can cause tissue damage, neurological damage, even blindness.
Even worse than these serious health problems is the fact that Stryker knew full well that the metals in the Rejuvenate were potentially toxic – yet they didn’t see fit to tell us about it.
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In our opinion, this means that Stryker is liable for any damages its products have caused.
If you’re one of the thousands of people whose health has been compromised by the Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement device, we want to help you seek out the financial compensation to which you may be entitled.
TheLawFirm.com is dedicated to helping people like you get the money they deserve from the companies who have wronged them.
Contact us today for your free consultation. You’ll see how tirelessly we will work in order to advocate for your health.
Stryker ABG II Metal Hip ReplacemenT complications & LawsuiTs
On the surface – and we mean that literally – the Stryker ABG II hip replacement device looks like it might be a good alternative to the potentially hazardous metal-on-metal devices. Why? Because, superficially, it looks like the parts that rub up against each other in this device are plastic and ceramic, not metal.
Unfortunately for those who have had the Stryker ABG II surgically implanted, the device’s plastic and ceramic components don’t prevent metal parts from rubbing against metal parts.
So even the seemingly safer Stryker ABG II is just another dangerous metal-on-metal hip replacement device. It’s no less risky than any of the dozens of other hip replacement devices that have caused so many medical problems for so many people.
Stryker ABG II Metal Hip Problems
The metals that can flake off of the Stryker ABG II are cobalt and chromium, which are safe only in the tiniest, tiniest quantities. The particles that the ABG II can release into the bloodstream may be small, but they contain far more of these potentially toxic metals than is considered safe.
That’s why some people who have received the Stryker ABG II have suffered from a condition called metallosis, a potentially serious health problem. Others have developed lumps under their skin. These lumps are the body’s way of isolating the toxic metals that have been released into the blood.
Toxic metals in the blood can cause
• cognitive impairment
You thought you were getting a fully functioning hip. What you really got, in our opinion, is a timebomb waiting to go off inside your body.
If you’ve had a Stryker ABG II hip replacement device surgically implanted, you may be at risk for any number of serious health conditions, and you should see your doctor immediately.
Once you’ve consulted with your doctor, it’s time to consult with the expert attorneys at TheLawFirm.com.
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• cognitive impairment
Stryker V40 Femoral Head Hip ReplacemenT complications & Lawsuit
Even if you’ve had hip replacement surgery, you may not be aware of the make or model of the device that your surgeons implanted. And why would you? You don’t know the make or model of the fillings in your teeth. You probably don’t know the make and model of your eyeglasses, and you use those every day.
We usually don’t need to know the makes and models of devices like our eyeglasses. If they’re doing their job, we barely notice them. And that’s how it should be.
Unfortunately, a different kind of logic governs the thinking about hip replacement devices. Even if you don’t know which kind of hip replacement you have, you may still be at risk.
Nearly all hip replacement devices pose some kind of health risk.
In the case of the Stryker V40 Femoral Head, you’re even less likely to know whether or not you have it. The Stryker V40 Femoral Head is a component of a hip-replacement device, not an entire device unto itself. The V40 is a metal piece that replaces the ball joint at the top of the femur, and it’s designed to work with other Stryker hip devices, such as the Accolade.
Stryker V40 Femoral HeaD problems and health risks
Even though it’s only a part of a device, the Stryker V40 Femoral Head poses health hazards of its own.
Like so many other artificial hip devices, the V40 is made of a metal alloy that contains two potentially toxic metals: chromium and cobalt.
When the V40 Femoral Head rotates in the “cup” of the Stryker Accolade (or other Stryker hip devices), that metal alloy can become shredded and corroded. When that happens, microscopic pieces of poisonous metals can travel through the bloodstream.
If enough of those toxic metals build up in your system, they can cause a wide range of serious health problems, which include but are not limited to:
• bone and tissue damage
• swelling, infection and inflammation
• necrosis (tissue death)
As well, the Stryker V40 Femoral Head has been linked to a toxic condition called metallosis, which can have severe neurological and behavior effects, such as
• gastrointestinal problems
• nervous system disorders
• emotional disturbance
It’s no surprise that Australia’s federal health authority has issued a formal warning about the Stryker V40 Femoral Head. Unfortunately, the U.S. government has been slower to take action about these potentially dangerous devices.
The attorneys at TheLawFirm.com believe that Stryker was negligent in designing such products as the V40 Femoral Head. Further, we believe that the company knew that its products could cause severe health problems but marketed and released the device anyway.
We also believe that, if you have been harmed by the Stryker V40 Femoral Head, we can help you.
If your life has gotten worse, not better, since your hip replacement surgery, you need powerful legal advocates on your side.
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Stryker Accolade Hip Replacement complications, recalls & Lawsuit
You have to give the Stryker corporation points for trying.
The high sheriffs of Stryker probably had some idea that using metal-on-metal construction in hip replacement devices posed significant health hazards. Metal-on-metal abrasion can create tiny particles of potentially toxic metals that can travel freely through the bloodstream.
Metal-on-metal hip replacement devices are lawsuits waiting to happen.
In designing the Accolade hip replacement device, the decision-makers at Stryker developed and employed a proprietary titanium alloy that was supposed to reduce the likelihood of fine metal particulates being released into the blood.
It didn’t work.
Stryker Accolade metal hip replacement problems and health risks
Like so many other hip replacement devices, the Stryker Accolade can release tiny fragments of metal into the bloodstream. The release of potentially toxic metals into the blood has been associated with a number of significant health risks, including:
Stryker Accolade Problems
• bone damage
• metal poisoning
• necrosis (tissue death)
Furthermore, these and other conditions that have been associated with metal-on-metal hip implants can cause all manner of life-altering complications, including but not limited to:
• additional surgeries (“revision surgeries”)
• medical expenses
• loss of income
• pain, suffering, and mental anguish
• diminished quality of life
And you thought that the Stryker Accolade would improve your life.
Stryker Accolade Metal hip replacement recall & Lawsuits
It is the opinion of the attorneys at TheLawFirm.com that the Stryker corporation deserve no accolades whatsoever for developing, marketing, and selling the Accolade. We can’t think of a product that has done less to earn such a name.
Stryker voluntarily recalled the Accolade hip device in 2009. The official reason was that the device did not adhere to company specifications concerning “tensile bond strength and crystallinity.”
We believe that Stryker recalled the Accolade to avoid the lawsuits that they knew were coming.
We believe that, if your health and your life have been negatively impacted by the Stryker Accolade, your best option may be to file a lawsuit against the company.
That’s where TheLawFirm.com comes in. We have been handling hip replacement cases for years, and we know what we’re doing.
With TheLawFirm.com on your side, you will have a team of top legal experts working on your behalf. We know all the ins and outs of hip replacement lawsuits, and we will work tirelessly until justice has been served.
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Metal On Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit FAQ's
How much will this cost?
There is no fee unless and until we win for you. Our straightforward fee agreement sets out the simple terms of our fees and costs when we win your case. We will never ask you to send us money. Ever.
Where will my case be filed?
Depending upon the analysis of your medical records and confirmation of the model of your hip implant, your case may be filed in one of the metal hip MDLs or in a State Court coordinated proceeding.
Is this a Class Action?
No. A class action is where one or two people represent everyone and make the decisions for you. With metal hip claims, each case is individual and you, with your attorney, make the decisions about the important events in your case like whether to enroll in a settlement program when it becomes available. In the legal world, this is called a “mass tort”.
Do I have to go to Court?
Probably not. With thousands of similar cases filed before yours, it is very unlikely that you will ever have to go to Court. 99% of cases like this resolve in a settlement program.
Do you sue my doctor?
No. We do not sue or make any claims against your doctors. We believe that the surgeons are the victims of the greedy medical company as well. In fact, many doctors have told us that the company “sold them” on the metal hip design by promising that it was the best choice for younger and more active patients because of the stability of the materials. Unfortunately, those companies lied to the medical community and you suffered because of it.
Will everyone get the same amount in a settlement?
No. When a settlement happens there will likely be a “base value” subject to adjustments depending upon certain criteria. You will decide whether to settle your claim or not (with the advice of your attorney).
Do you guys know what you are doing?
That’s an easy one. Yes. Our metal hip team has been successfully working on metal hip cases for six years. We have represented victims of defective medical products for almost 20 years.
What is the current status?
There have been several metal hip implant cases that have reached trial. Most cases have won and some have lost. While the cases that have gone to trial are not binding upon any other cases, it is encouraging to know that juries have stood up to the greedy corporations and told them to stop hurting people in the name of profit. In addition to the trials, there have been several settlement programs for certain metal hip claims and thousands of families have already been paid compensation.
More trials are scheduled and we will be issuing regular updates to our clients about settlement programs and progress in the litigation.
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Stryker Settlements have Begun
Stryker has begun settling some of the lawsuits. Each person who underwent a qualified revision surgery was entitled to a base payment of $300,000. For patients with bilateral revised implants, the base award was $600,000. These base awards are the highest of any hip settlement to date.
There are two important limits on calculating the amount of compensation you may receive however. First, these base awards were subject to limited deductions. For example, the amount was reduced for patients over 70 up to 20%. There were no reductions to this base payment for obesity, smoking, diabetes or other factors commonly seen in other hip implant settlements.
Second, because compensation is based on individual injury, how much compensation each individual can expect will depend solely upon his or her own circumstances while experiencing complications related to their Stryker hip.
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