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Reported Side Effects and Complications from Stryker Hip Implant

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Due to “the potential for fretting and corrosion at the modular-neck junction,” Stryker Orthopaedics voluntarily recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG-II modular-neck hip stem implants on July 6, 2012. It is believed that more than 20,000 of these devices were sold in the U.S. When wear and tear occurs around the devices’ femoral neck taper junction, it may lead to the release of metal ions into the hip cavity and blood stream. This can cause complications that include:
  • Adverse local tissue reactions (ALTR)
    • Pseudotumors
    • Aseptic lymphocyte-dominated vasculitis-associated lesions (ALVAL)
    • Periprosthetic osteolysis
  • Elevated serum metal (cobalt) levels
  • Severe pain in the hip, groin and thigh
  • Swelling in the hip
  • Difficulty standing or walking
  • Necrosis of soft tissue and bone
  • Femur fractures
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Soft tissue inflammation
  • Fluid build-up
  • Stem loosening due to inhibited “boney in-growth”
  • Dislocation due to inhibited “boney in-growth”
  • Rashes
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Infections
  • Revision surgery.
Regardless of whether you are experiencing any of these side effects or complications, you should consult your doctor immediately. You should receive blood tests for cobalt and chromium levels. You should also receive X-rays, MRIs or CT scans to check for inflammation, fluid build-up and pseudotumor formation in the hip joint. Stryker has offered to pay for reasonable and customary costs associated with removal and replacement of these devices. However, do not sign a release presented to you by your surgeon or Stryker. Instead, you should consult first with a lawyer from Belt & Bruner, P.C. We can review your case free of charge and help you to determine if you have a valid legal claim. You owe it to yourself to explore all of your legal options. Contact us today.

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