Stryker Hip Defects

From 2008 to 2012, thousands of patients who needed a hip replacement turned to the Stryker Rejuvenate system. The Stryker Rejuvenate is a hip implant device that was advertised as a solution for younger or more active patients who wanted a long-lasting solution to joint problems in the hip. The Rejuvenate also promised a wider range of motion than other hip implant systems.

Unfortunately, the Stryker Rejuvenate was recalled in 2012. The recall occurred as a result of numerous problems with the hip implant system, some causing long-lasting and serious health complications. Thousands of patients have begun taking legal action against Stryker for complications from its dangerous product. If you or a loved one experienced harm, the defective medical device attorneys at The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman are here to help.

The Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Replacement System

The Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement system promised greater customization for patients who had hip replacement surgery. The hip joint is made up of the femoral head (the top of the femur) as well as a concave indentation in the pelvis, called the acetabulum.

In simple terms, hip replacement systems generally work by inserting a cup into the acetabulum, a stem into the femur and a new head on top of the femur. Most hip replacement systems offer one option for a stem to fit inside of the femur, and have a one-piece neck that goes on top of the femur. The Stryker Rejuvenate system, on the other hand, allowed for a choice among 16 different necks and six different stems. This customization allowed surgeons to fit the hip replacement devices to the physiology of patients.

Unfortunately, the customization resulted in the Stryker Rejuvenate proving very dangerous to many patients. Metal-on-metal hip implant devices, in general, have proved to be dangerous as the medal can break down in the body as the different components of the joint rub against each other. The Stryker, however, may be worse than many of the other metal-on-metal devices on the market as a result of its unique design.

The Dangers of the Stryker Rejuvenate System

The Stryker Rejuvenate was recalled in 2012 because of the serious damage the hip replacement product was doing to patient’s health. The Stryker Rejuvenate not only has a high failure rate, but a variety of complications can occur including:

  • Metallosis: A toxic build-up of metal ions in the body that can affect the thyroid, heart, nervous system, kidney, muscles, lymph nodes and liver.
  • Bone fractures as a result of poor fixation of the implants.
  • Osteolysis: Bone breakdown.
  • Necrosis: Tissue death.
  • Pseudo-tumors: A collection of fluid and metal flakes in the body that resembles a tumor.

In many cases, when patients experience these complications, at least one revision surgery is necessary. The patient has to cope with the pain of the complications and potentially undergo a painful and expensive surgery as a result of the dangerous hip implant product.

A Boston Defective Hip Implant Lawyer Can Help

Patients injured by metal-on-metal hip implant devices have already recovered millions in compensation. The medical device manufacturer needs to pay for the harm its products have caused. If you or a loved one is experiencing complications, you have a right to be compensated for your losses.

The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman can assist you in pursing a claim for damages against Stryker Orthopaedics so give us a call or contact us online today for help with your claim.

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