Stryker Issues Voluntary Recall Due To Defective Parts In Metal Hip Implant Devices

Stryker Corporation is one of the leading manufacturers of metal hip implant devices. In the past, defective Stryker metal hip implants have caused serious injuries and adverse reactions in thousands of patients. In some cases, patients have even required revision surgery in order to remove and replace the defective Stryker hip implant parts.

Stryker recently issued a voluntary recall of all LFit V40 femoral heads manufactured between 2001 and 2011. Stryker LFit V40 femoral heads are prone to a high failure rate and pose potential risks to patient health and safety.  These defective hip components start to corrode. This can release harmful metal particles into the tissue and bloodstream surrounding the joint.

Government oversight agencies in both Canada and Australia have already issued safety warnings to doctors and patients about the high rate of failure among LFit V40 Femoral Head components. The Canadian government went as far as to issue an official recall of these components, sighting “higher than expected complaints of…failure.”

This is not the first time that a metal hip implant device manufactured by Stryker Corporation has been recalled due to safety concerns. In 2012, the FDA recalled all Stryker Rejuvenate and ABGII metal hip implant devices after patients complained that the devices failed and broke down at rates that were much higher than expected.

Stryker marketed their metal hip implant devices by promising patients and doctors increased durability and improved recovery times, compared to hip implant devices made from other manufacturers.

Unfortunately, once Patients that received a defective Stryker metal hip implant can experience painful and dangerous complications, including:

  • Osteolysis (bone dissolution)
  • Synovitis (inflammation of the synovial membrane)
  • Pseudo-tumors
  • Fluid in the joint
  • Tissue and bone necrosis
  • Metal poisoning in the blood
  • Revision surgery

If you or a loved one is experiencing any adverse reactions from Hip Replacement Surgery or if you have required painful Revision Hip Surgery, call The Yost Legal Group today at 1-800-YOST-LAW (967-8529).

When you call, one of our experienced Defective Medical Device attorneys will speak with you for FREE. The Yost Legal Group is made up of experienced attorneys ready to pursue your case with compassion and determination. We stand up to major medical device manufacturers on behalf of our clients and will fight hard to protect your rights.

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Judge Establishes June Deadline to File Claims Against Stryker Corp

Stryker Corp announced a major settlement agreement with thousands of former patients back in November of 2014, which could end up costing the company upwards of $1 Billion in pay-outs.

A U.S District Judge in Atlanta, Georgia, announced on Monday, May 11 of 2015 that additional patients seeking damages against Stryker for their hip revision surgeries had 45 days to file a claim.

June 25, 2015 Deadline to File a Claim Against Styrker Corporation
This ruling set Thursday, June 25th as the deadline to file a claim against Stryker Corp.

If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered any of the above symptoms as a result of a Stryker metal-on-metal hip implant, it is not too late to seek the justice you deserve.

Stryker Corporation is an industry leader in the field of medical equipment and orthopedic devices, but the company has come under increased scrutiny over the last several years due to dangerous product defects with their Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular Hip Replacement Systems.

These hip replacement models, both of which are manufactured using metallic compounds including titanium, chromium and cobalt, were recalled in July of 2012 after thousands of patients came forward after suffering from similar complications.

It is now widely established that the design of the Stryker metal-on-metal hip replacement systems was inherently flawed. Rather than increasing the mobility and durability of hip replacement models as promised, the metal in these artificial joints actually corrodes quickly, releasing dangerous toxins into the surrounding bone and tissues following surgery. This process leads to a condition known as Metallosis, which can cause symptoms including:

  • Tissue Death
  • Bone Deterioration
  • Chromium and Cobalt Poisoning
  • Joint Swelling and Pain
  • Pseudotumors

Thousands of patients that received a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II Modular Hip Replacement system were forced to undergo painful and dangerous revision surgeries to undo the damage done by these defective products. Following the corporation’s major product recall in July of 2012, hundreds of thousands of former patients have come forward to seek damages against the corporation for their advertising of this defective and dangerous product.

What was marketed as a more modern and effective alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery actually ended up becoming a painful and life-altering ordeal for many patients.

Call The Yost Legal Group right away at 1-800-YOST-LAW (967-8529) for a FREE, confidential and no-obligation consultation. When you call, one of our experienced Baltimore Product Liability and Medical Malpractice attorneys will review the details of your case from start to finish and help provide the answers you seek.

Defective Medical Devices Can Have Devastating Consequences

Manufacturers of medical devices have an obligation to ensure the safety of their products. The effects of a faulty device can be devastating.  Companies that fail in their duty to keep patients safe must be held fully accountable.

If you received a hip replacement from the Stryker Orthopedics Corporation, you could be entitled to compensation. Their Stryker Rejeuvenate and ABG-11 modular-neck hip systems were recalled as a result of their harmful effects on many patients, including:

  • Pain
  • Difficulty Walking
  • Inflammation
  • Squeaky Hips
  • Metallosis
  • General Discomfort

These side effects are a result of potential metallosis, or metal ion poisoning from small particles of metal rubbing against one another. The Stryker hips are made entirely of metal, which fragments when rubbed together.

Although an average hip replacement can last for 15 years or more, Stryker patients are seeing complications as soon as 5 years or less past their surgery. Over 20,000 patients have received Stryker hips and now stand at risk.

If you or a loved one has suffered the effects of these defective hip replacements, contact the experienced, concerned attorneys at The Yost Legal Group at 1-800-YOST-LAW (967-8529). We will work hard to get to the truth and see that justice is served.

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Stryker Corp Faces Another Large Settlement in Fraud Case

Stryker Corporation has announced a major settlement of almost $1.5 billion dollars to be paid to thousands of patients injured by their metal-on-metal Rejuvenate and ABG II Model hip implants. The company now finds itself at the center of another controversy involving one of its subsidiaries, OtisMed, and another dangerously defective piece of medical equipment.

Stryker Corp acquired OtisMed, a California-based medical device company, in 2009. After the merger, Stryker helped oversee the creation and distribution of OtisKnee, a device sold to hospitals as a guide to assist surgeons during knee replacement procedures.

Despite the fact that OtisMed sold over 18,000 OtisKnee guides between 2006 and 2009, resulting in an estimated $27 million profit, the company never received FDA approval for their device. The FDA in fact rejected their product as unsafe in 2009, but this did not deter former OtisMed CEO Charlie Chi from ordering the shipment of 218 OtisKnee devices to doctors and surgeons across the country.

Charlie Chi has since pled guilty to three counts of fraud and faces up to three years in prison. He has been released on $500,000 bail pending a sentencing hearing on March 18th. While Stryker maintains that they were not aware of the FDA’s rejection of the OtisKnee system prior to their 2009 merger, this case still places the embattled company firmly in the center of another major defective medical device controversy.

Medical device manufacturers have an obligation to the patients and doctors who utilize these devices, to follow the proper safety guidelines and deliver the safest, FDA approved product possible. When companies like OtisMed and Stryker Corp betray that obligation and put company gains over consumer safety, it creates a major public health problem. Medical device manufacturers must be held accountable for the tragic and unfortunate complications they cause to unsuspecting patients and doctors.

If you or a loved one has received a Stryker hip implant, call The Yost Legal Group today for help. We will speak with you for free, review your medical records for free, and determine if you have one of the recalled metal hip implants.

If you are experiencing any pain after hip replacement surgery or have had a hip revision surgery, call 1-800-YOST-LAW (967-8529) today. We’ll speak with you for free, explain your rights and fight to make sure you receive the justice and compensation you deserve.