Femoral Head Surgical Hip Replacements
Baltimore, Maryland Defective Medical Device Attorneys
Stryker—one of the world’s leading medical technology companies—supplies orthopedic, medical, surgical, and spinal devices to patients all over the world. Founded by an orthopedic surgeon from Michigan in 1941, their stated goal is to “help caregivers perform their jobs more efficiently and enhance patient care.” Currently, Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II Surgical Hip Implants—as well as their LFIT V40 Femoral Head Implant—are all subject to a manufacturer’s recall.
Rejuvenate & ABG II Surgical Hip Implants
Most artificial hip implants consist of a one-piece neck/stem and a separate cup. Stryker marketed the Rejuvenate and ABG II systems as the “next generation” of hip-replacement products. Both systems included multiple neck and stem components—allowing the surgeon to choose. The ABG II system offered eight right or left stems and ten modular necks for greater stability and minimal bone stress. The company marketed Rejuvenate—with six stems and sixteen necks—to younger patients with the promise of longer device life and better motion.
Stryker first sold the Rejuvenate system in 2009 and the ABG II system in 2010, even though they did not conduct any clinical testing on the safety and effectiveness of either system before selling the devices. Stryker recalled both systems in June 2012 after complaints of side effects, including:
- Severe pain in the joint area
- Implant loosening and grinding
- Muscle tissue and bone death
LFIT V40 Femoral Head Implant
Stryker’s LFIT V40 Femoral Head Implant was routinely used with the company’s Accolade TMZF and Accolade stems. In August 2016, Stryker issued a recall for LFIT V40 Hip Implant components manufactured before 2011. The recall initially covered LFIT V40 Hip Implant components manufactured before 2011 but was recently expanded to include additional components. The recalls are based on the device’s higher-than-expected taper-lock failure rate. The product’s chromium-cobalt construction also causes many problems similar to the Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implants, including:
- Separation of head and stem
- Loss of strength and mobility
- Severe pain and inflammation
A History of Metal-on-Metal Failures
Physicians and healthcare professionals understand the dangers metal-on-metal hip implants can cause. Since the Rejuvenate and ABG II systems do not have a metal ball in contact with a metal cap, they are not considered true “metal-on-metal” devices. However, both feature chromium-cobalt necks and titanium-coated stems. Such construction can release metallic debris into nearby tissue and the bloodstream. An elevated concentration of chromium and cobalt in the bloodstream can lead to metallosis. This medical condition has many severe side effects, including:
- Severe hip and leg pain
- Tissue and bone damage
- Reduced joint mobility
- Pseudotumors in the area
In April 2012, Stryker issued an “Urgent Safety Alert” to surgeons. It listed “excessive metal debris and/or ion generation” as a safety risks to patients. The Safety Alert cited the following problems:
- Premature tissue death (necrosis)
- Bone dissolution (osteolysis)
- Pain and loosening of the implant
Patients File Lawsuits
Patients nationwide have suffered injuries—which often require painful, complicated revision surgery—due to defective Rejuvenate, ABG II, and LFIT V40 implants. The lawsuits filed against Stryker charge these devices are defective and prone to failure. They also allege Stryker continued to market and sell the products even after the company knew—or should have known—the devices were not safe for patients.
The True Cost
When patients must undergo painful and costly revision surgery following the implant of a faulty medical device, the corporations responsible for manufacturing and marketing these defective products must be held accountable. If you have been injured due to a defective Stryker hip implant device, time may be running out to file a claim for damages.
Yost Can Help You Find Answers
If you or a loved one has suffered from harmful side effects or required painful and costly revision surgery after receiving a defective Stryker hip implant or other medical devices, the Yost Legal Group can help you file a claim seeking the justice you deserve.
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