Stryker Hip Implant Recall Due to High Cobalt and Chromium Metal Ion Levels
The chief concern with the recalled Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG-II modular-neck stem hip implants is the reported “fretting and corrosion” at the femoral neck taper junction.
When this wear and tear occurs, it could lead to cobalt and chromium metal ions leaking into the hip cavity and blood stream. However, patients may not be immediately aware that they have been exposed to high levels of these metal ions.
This is why the Belt & Bruner, P.C., urges anyone who has received one of these recalled hip implant devices
to contact their doctor immediately and to undergo blood tests.
In particular, you should pay close attention to the cobalt levels that are detected. As the Mayo Clinic Medical Laboratories has found, a concentration of cobalt of seven parts per billion or higher indicates potential failure of the device.
Health Problems Caused by High Metal Ion Levels
When high levels of cobalt and chromium enter the hip cavity or bloodstream, it can lead to a wide range of serious complications, some of which have been generally labeled as metallosis, metal poisoning or metal toxicity.
Specifically, a patient may experience:
- Impaired mobility due to severe pain and swelling in the hip, groin and thigh
- Inflammation of soft tissue or build-up of fluids
- Adverse local tissue reactions (including aseptic, lymphocyte-dominated vasculitis-associated lesions, pseudotumors and periprosethic osteolysis)
- Necrosis (death of soft tissue around the implant)
- Hip dislocation
- Loosening of the stem
- Fracture of the femur.
A hip implant patient may also experience heart, kidney, neurological, thyroid and psychological problems that have been linked by studies to elevated levels of metal ions in the bloodstream.
As a result of complications, many patients have required surgery to remove and replace their recalled Stryker hip implants.
Talk with a Product Recall Lawyer about Your Recalled Stryker Hip Implant for a Stryker Hip Implant Lawsuit
Belt & Bruner, P.C., is now investigating claims involving patients who may have been exposed to high metal ion levels due to the failure of their recalled Stryker Rejuvenate Modular-Neck Stem or ABG-II Modular-Neck Stem hip implant.
To protect your rights, you need to take immediate legal action.
So, don’t wait: Contact
us today and receive a free consultation about your case.
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