Attorneys For Help With Defective Stryker Hip Replacements
Have you received a Stryker hip replacement system? If so, it is absolutely urgent that you get a checkup from a qualifying physician right away. If you have come down with any physical ailments since receiving the hip replacement system, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and other damages. In fact, the Stryker Corporation recently agreed to pay over $1 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits from injured patients.
At Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst, we have helped countless clients in Oklahoma City and surrounding areas bring successful lawsuits against medical manufacturers that released dangerous and defective products. Our past case results include settlements and judgments numbering in the millions. If you want a leading personal injury lawyer at your side, call us today at 800-539-0652. We offer free, comprehensive case evaluations.
Stryker Hip Replacement Complications
The Stryker hip replacement system distinguished itself from typical hip replacement systems by including several neck and stem components rather than a single piece neck and stem. The design was supposed to give surgeons the ability to custom-fit more anatomically correct implant components to patients. However, the design allowed for metal-on-metal contact and abrasion, resulting in complications. In 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert to recipients due to reports of defects in the medical product and Stryker Corporation subsequently issued a voluntary recall.
The defects contributed to the following complications:
- Heavy metal poisoning (Metallosis): There are two heavy metal compounds in Stryker’s defective hip replacement system — chromium and cobalt. If a device fails, these metal compounds could be released into the surrounding tissues and blood stream. This can cause minor to severe symptoms, including pain or inflammation of affected tissue, internal bleeding, increased risk of cancer and even death. There is no cure for Metallosis.
- Damaged bone structure (Osteolysis): Loose parts of a failed hip device could push into the underlying bone structure, causing the calcium in the bone fluids to break down and get absorbed into the blood stream. This in turn can lead to more brittle bones. Health issues that arise from loss of bone density include fractures, cracked bones, hip pain and discomfort while walking or sitting.
The defective Stryker hip replacement system has also been connected to polycythemia vera, or thickening of blood, the symptoms of which include headaches, fatigue, dizziness, stroke and even paralysis, and to infiltration of lymphocytes, which precedes tumor growth.
What To Do If You Have Received A Stryker Hip Implant
As a recipient of a Stryker hip replacement system, you should undergo diagnostic imaging along with a blood test as soon as possible to determine whether the hip replacement is causing or has the potential to cause any health complications. If adverse local tissue reaction, persistent pain or other symptoms are present, then you may need to undergo a hip revision surgery. And of course, consult with a trusted attorney to start on your liability claim against the manufacturer.
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