Stryker Rejuvenate/ABG II Hip Replacement
Florida Stryker Rejuvenate/ABG II Hip System Attorney Fights the Manufacturers of Recalled Hip Implants
Protecting your rights after a bad implant has injured you
When Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II metal-on-metal hip implants were first introduced several years ago, they were marketed as ideal for younger, more active patients who would benefit from their increased durability. The claims by Stryker were that the modular nature of the devices created an implant that more accurately mimicked the anatomy of an individual’s hip. Stryker also represented to implanting physicians and consumers that the design of these devices was superior to competitor products and that the devices were safe for use.
Unfortunately, Stryker’s claims about the safety of its products proved to be short-sighted. Stryker was able to put these devices on the market utilizing a Food and Drug Administration procedure known as the 510(k) process, permitting Stryker to market these devices without first having conducted adequate clinical testing. To make matters worse for those receiving these implants, it became apparent that, despite Stryker’s claims, the implant did in fact tend to corrode and fail at an extremely alarming rate. This corrosion, early failure and other adverse effects related to the device poses very serious health risks to any recipient and requires the device to be revised.
Attorney Geoffrey S. Schosheim is a skilled Florida Stryker hip implant attorney at GS Law PA in Boca Raton, ready to help clients seeking to recover injuries incurred after receiving either the Rejuvenate or ABG II implants, including the medical expenses and lost wages resulting from follow-up surgeries necessary to correct problems caused by Stryker implants.
How have these implants injured people?
Thousands of Americans receiving these implants prior to their July 2012 Recall are at risk of complications resulting from shards of metal that have rubbed off of Rejuvenate or ABG II implants and entered the surrounding tissue and bone. These serious side effects can include:
- Metallosis, or metal poisoning, which causes problems ranging from metal buildup damaging nearby organs to systemic adverse reactions in the body.
- Necrosis, or premature tissue and bone death, resulting from the introduction of these metallic particles into the surrounding tissue, bloodstream and bone.
- Osteolysis, in which the body’s immune system attempts to “attack” the foreign particles and instead absorbs the bone. This, in turn, often causes total failure of the implant itself.
Due to these issues, it is recommended that people who have already received Rejuvenate or ABG II implants, and are experiencing any of these symptoms, should have the devices removed.
Do I need to have my hip implant removed?
Stryker is one of several manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip implants that have come under fire for marketing hip devices that have ultimately been recalled and experienced catastrophic rates of failure. People receiving hip implants since 2009 should be aware of the following symptoms:
- Pain in the hip and/or groin
- Swelling and/or numbness
- A change in walking ability, such as a limp
- Grinding, popping, or squeaking sounds coming from the joint
Even if you are not certain that you have received a Stryker implant, you should still consult your doctor to determine which implant you did receive, to undergo testing for elevated metal ion blood levels, and to determine whether any symptoms you have may be caused by metal-on-metal components to avoid further injury.
If you believe that you have been injured, contact an experienced Florida defective medical device attorney today
Stryker has already set aside over $2 billion dollars to settle claims from patients injured by their Rejuvenate and ABG II implants. If you have suffered losses due to injury caused by your hip implant, including pain and suffering, medical expenses, or lost income, it is important to consult with a knowledgeable Florida Stryker hip implant attorney today. At GS Law PA, attorney Geoffrey S. Schosheim has extensive experience litigating medical malpractice and product liability cases, and is ready to help you. For a free initial consultation, contact our Boca Raton office at (561) 706-5503, or contact us online today.
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Geoffrey S. Schosheim, Esq.
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