The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery has been leading the way in publishing detailed research that reveals the alarmingly high rates of Stryker hip implant failures. The Journal has published a total of four research studies tracking adverse local tissue reaction and corrosion caused by Stryker hip implants from May 2013 to March 2014. What is most troubling about these research studies is that they feature expert researchers who were once former paid Stryker consultants. Individuals who were once paid to create Stryker hip implants are now speaking out against the dangers and risks associated with the hip implants.
The most recent research study, “Early Corrosion-Related Failure of the Rejuvenate Modular total Hip Replacement,” has discovered that pain and high Co serum levels in hip implant patients were strong predictors of the need for a revision surgery. Leading the research panel was Dr. Stephen J. Incavo, MD, an individual who once implanted over 100 Stryker Rejuvenate hips. Dr. Incavo also served as a paid Stryker consultant during the time in which he implanted these hips. Ultimately, the research study concluded that the high rate of corrosion-related revision with Stryker Rejuvenate neck stems was “striking.” In other words, the Stryker Rejuvenate hip implants have a tendency to corrode and release metal ions into the bloodstream.
Surmounting Literature Reveals Stryker Rejuvenate Failures
The recent research study is only one of many that has conducted experiments involving patients with Stryker hip implants, only to find that the patients ultimately suffer from adverse local tissue reaction, extreme levels of pain and the need for a hip revision surgery. Research studies have found that as many as 40 percent of patients with Stryker hip implants have required a revision surgery (for more discussion on revision surgery look here). Individual doctors and surgeons who once used the Stryker hip implants to treat patients may have already seen higher rates than the 40 percent figure.
Former Paid Stryker Consultants Now Criticize Unsafe Products
Numerous research studies have also been chaired or paneled by influential Stryker hip implant consultants. Many of the consultants were under the perception that the Stryker hip implant devices would perform well in patients. Prior to influx of patients requiring hip revision surgery, Stryker Orthopaedics had made it a point to circulate research studies amongst its consultants that discussed the positive impact of the hip implants in the lives of patients. These same consultants have turned their backs on the company after discovering the truth behind its products. To date, there are no studies that support the benefits of Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implants in patients.
Research Shows How Unsafe Stryker Hip Implants Are
From 2012 to 2014, numerous research studies have been published which assess the injuries caused by Stryker hip implants. The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants were first recalled in July of 2012 (see here). The voluntary and massive recall has been one unlike any other. The extreme risks and dangers that the Stryker hip implants pose to elderly people and others requiring a hip implant are unfathomable. Prior to the recall of the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip systems in 2012, Stryker was also forced to initiate a recall of its Trident PSL and Hemispherical Acetabular Cups. It is clear that Stryker Orthopaedics has difficulty in creating safe products that can benefit the public welfare rather than harm it.
Numerous Reports of Patients Requiring Hip Revision Surgery
The most recent Stryker research study published in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery shows that the problem is likely not going to go away soon. That research study tracked the metal ion levels in 104 patients who received the Rejuvenate hip implants. Unfortunately, many of these patients suffered from adverse tissue reaction. What this research study also did was track the rate of patients who required hip revision surgery after experiencing adverse tissue reaction. The research study anticipates that at least 40 percent of the 104 patients will require hip revision surgery. The rate may also increase as patients experience increased pain levels in the future.
If you have received a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implant, it may be time for you to meet with a lawyer to discuss your legal options. Stryker Orthopaedics owed a duty of care to patients like you, and unfortunately, the company has failed to live up to established safety standards in the medical community. You may have a legal claim against Stryker Orthopaedics, and it may not be too late to become part of Multi-District Litigation proceedings.