Hip replacements and hip implants have become a common medical procedure in recent years. Unfortunately, many hip replacement systems – particularly metal-on-metal hip implant systems – can serious medical problems. A number of hip replacement systems have been recalled recently, including Stryker’s recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Implant Systems on July 6, 2012 and DePuy Orthopedics’ recall of two of its popular hip replacement systems – the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System – in August 2010.
The Stryker hip implants were recalled due to risks of corrosion and fretting which can damage or injure surrounding tissues. Metal-on-metal hip implants, like the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants, have been associated with significant risk of developing serious complications including tissue damage, device failure, need for revision surgery, and long-term disability due to corrosion and shedding of metal ions from the implants. As this article states, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a report indicating that data compiled by the FDA indicates that metal-on-metal hip replacement systems are more likely to fail than other hip implant devices.
Medical Problems Associated with Recalled Hip Implants
Some of the medical problems associated with the recalled hip implant systems, including the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG systems and the DePuy ASR systems, include the following:
- Bone and muscle deterioration
- Hip and groin pain
- Swelling and inflammation
- Metallosis, or the buildup of metallic ions in the tissues of the body
- Dislocation of non-cemented implants
- Gait issues and inability to walk
- Adverse affects to nervous system, heart, and thyroid gland
Some patients may require a subsequent corrective surgery to remove and replace the recalled Stryker hip product.
What to Do If You Have Received One of the Recalled Hip Implants
Patients who have received the recalled Styker hip implants should consult with their doctor immediately. If you are uncertain about whether you have one of the recalled products implanted, you should also contact your doctor or consult your medical records.
If you suspect that your hip implant system is causing medical problems, such as swelling or pain, you should see your doctor immediately. You may also wish to consult with a skilled hip implant attorney as you may be entitled to compensation for injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, in a product liability or medical malpractice lawsuit. Contact the Chicago product liability lawyers at Ankin Law Offices, LLC at (312) 600-0000 to learn more about the Stryker hip implant recall.