Have you received a metal hip replacement, or a metal hip component listed below, from one of these companies?
|Stryker Corporation:||Rejuvenate modular-neck hip stems|
ABG II modular-neck hip stems
Accolade modular-neck hip stems
Citation modular-neck hip stems
Meridian modular-neck hip stems
or LFit V40 modular-neck hip stems
|Depuy Orthopaedics:||ASR XL Acetabular System|
Pinnacle Acetabular System
|Wright Medical:||CONSERVE Hip System|
Profemur Hip System
|Smith & Nephew:||R3 Acetabular System|
|Zimmer, Inc.:||Durom Acetabular Component Hip Implant|
These hip implants and components may lead to metallosis, a dangerous health condition. Here’s what you need to know to protect your health, get the compensation you deserve, and keep moving forward.
Hip Implant Recall
In June 2012, Stryker Corp. recalled its Rejuvenate, ABG II and Accolade modular-neck hip stems after the implants showed signs of corroding and fretting, leading to metallosis, implant rejection, and health complications.
Similar components in Stryker’s LFit cobalt-chromium modular-neck hip stems may also be at risk, including:
- Stryker Citation hip stems
- Stryker Meridian hip stems
- Stryker LFit V40 hip stems
These hip implants likely result in the same serious health issues as the Rejuvenate and ABG II.
If you have received any of these parts in your own hip replacement, you may be at risk. Protect your health and your rights by contacting our team today.
Hip Implant Corrective Surgery
In a hip replacement, the surgeon replaces a patient’s damaged hip-bone and cartilage with a prosthetic. The prosthetic has three pieces usually: A metal ball (a.k.a. a “femoral head” replacement) and metal socket, separated by a smooth gliding surface which is often ceramic or plastic. The procedure is supposed to improve the patient’s mobility, and overall health.
But if the prosthetic is not properly made, or surgery improperly performed, numerous complications can result from hip replacements. Painful, misaligned, or loose joints can plague patients for years.
Even worse: improperly made metal prosthetics have been shown to cause metallosis, where cobalt and other metal ions leech into a patient’s body. The metal toxicity leads to pain, implant failure, the need for additional hip replacement surgery, and other health problems.
The FDA reports that metal on metal hips, without a ceramic or plastic surface, can lead to pieces of metal breaking off and metallosis. But, in addition to metal on metal hips, other parts where metal pieces rub against each other (such as Stryker hip stems) also lead to metal leaching and metallosis.
What is Metallosis?
Metallosis is a type of metal poisoning, where small amounts of metal build up in the soft tissues of the body. Scientists believe metallosis occurs when metal medical implants rub against one another, as in hip replacements. Rubbing causes metal ions (such as cobalt) to break off from the implant, and dissolve, allowing them to spread into the victim’s body.
Metallosis destroys tissue, causing pain, necrosis (dead tissue), bone deterioration, and “pseudo-tumors” (inflamed pockets of fluid and necrotic tissue which resemble tumors), leading health problems. The damaged and inflamed tissue around the implant may also lead to the implant becoming loose.
Common symptoms of metallosis include pain, a sense of instability, and increasing noise coming from the hip. The symptoms evolve over several months and are typically progressive.
The FDA warns women, those who are small in stature, the obese, and others are at greater risk for metallosis because their body structure causes more tension on the implant, quickening the abrasion of the metal components and the subsequent build-up of metallic debris.
Metallosis is a known consequence of improperly made metal implants: In 2013, DePuy Orthopaedics agreed to pay patients who had received their ASR XL Acetabular Hip System for complications, including revision surgery, which had resulted from their metal on metal hip replacement components.
While Stryker Corp. has announced that the company will be “reimbursing patients for testing, treatment” and some other costs related to the Rejuvenate and ABG II Stryker hip recall, their third-party administrator is not adequately compensating patients who have undergone painful, and unnecessary, revision surgery to correct Stryker’s mistakes.
At Cutter Law, we are helping victims of metallosis, and other recipients of defective hip implants by Stryker and others, obtain the real compensation they deserve for their pain, loss of health and mobility, and aggravation.
Free Case Evaluation
If you have received a Stryker hip or hip stem (ABG II, Accolade, Citation, Meridian, or LFit V40), or another hip component noted at the top of this page, you may be at risk for metallosis, and also eligible to file a claim for the compensation that is rightfully yours.
Contact our team today for a free consultation. Call us now at 916-461-8085.