More Details About Stryker's Multiple Failed Hip Implants
Two of Stryker’s hip implants—the Rejuvenate Modular and the ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems—were recalled in 2012. The company ceased all sales during that time and issued warnings to many implant surgeons and hospital risk mangers. But by then, it was too late. People all over the globe had already had the defective devices implanted, and were beginning to experience serious side effects. Much of the device is composed of chromium and cobalt and is coated with a layer of titanium2.
This particular hip-implant style is called “metal-on-metal,” and is highly dangerous to patients, as it tends to wear down quickly. As the metal rubs against itself, particularly where the neck meets the stem, something referred to as “fretting” takes place1. The coating of titanium is shredded off and the chromium and cobalt—a metal considered highly toxic—are exposed, where they may then begin to also wear down and leech into the surrounding soft tissue to be absorbed into the blood stream, resulting in even more serious problems. Stryker’s defective devices are known to cause issues such as metalosis, necrosis, joint loosening and dislocation, bone chipping and fracturing, and the development of pseudotumors.
Due to the high percentages of toxic metals used in the contraption, people with the implant are also placed at great risk for future neurological and cardiac problems. Stryker voluntarily recalled these two defective devices2, but due to the fact that the company has yet to issue a comment on the failure of their products, it is likely that they chose to recall only to avoid being publicly ordered to do so.
If you or a loved one have experienced or are experiencing symptoms such as pain in the thigh and groin area, increased difficulty walking, or swelling in the general hip area and have recently undergone a hip replacement surgery, contact us. Case evaluations are free, and delayed medical attention could cause current issues to worsen and allow new ones to develop.