December 4, 2015 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.
Since 2012, there have been numerous complaints filed against the Stryker Corporation, one of the largest orthopedic and medical device manufacturers. Many patients who have received Stryker hip implants have complained of adverse side effects and extensive pain. When a company manufactures a medical device, they are responsible for presenting safe products, especially when someone’s health is at stake. Three of Stryker’s hip implants have reportedly caused more harm than help.
Stryker recalled the following modular-neck hip stems:
- ABG II modular-neck hip stems
- Rejuvenate modular-neck hip stems
- Accolade modular-neck hip stems
The metal-on-metal device has been known to cause severe injury and blood poisoning. Some other common side effects include metallosis, necrosis, osteolysis, heterotopic ossification, and periprosthetic fractures.
Metallosis is a type of metal poisoning that can occur because of the metal-on-metal hip implant. Because the implant parts rub against each other, it leaves metal debris in the blood stream that can negatively affect your body. Metallosis can cause nerve problems, impaired vision, groin pain, thyroid problems, and more.
Necrosis refers to the tissue and bone death that can occur because of the hip implant. With the implant, the cap covering the femoral ball can reduce the level of blood that reaches the surrounding tissue and bone. If these do not receive enough oxygen from the blood, it can lead to tissue and bone death.
Osteolysis is bone loss caused by metal debris in the body. The Stryker hip implants have a metal stem and neck that rub together, causing metal debris to form in the body. This bone loss can cause the implant to loosen and cause the risk of bone fractures.
During the heterotopic ossification process, soft tissue calcifies, causing bone to form outside of the skeleton. Usually in hip implants, the muscle around the device stiffen, leading to pain and immobility.
Periprosthetic fractures occur around the implant device. Because of causes such as metal poisoning, pressure, and medication, the bone around the device weakens, thus leading to fractures. These cracks can cause the implant to not work properly.
All of these listed side effects can cause extreme pain and may require more surgery to fix. You should not have to suffer such discomfort and risk. If you have been injured by a Stryker hip implant, contact our Houston device injury attorneys today for a free consultation.