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Revision surgeries for patients who received Stryker Rejuvenate hip implants are much more complex and difficult than people believe them to be. For this reason, many surgeons and doctors are cautious about recommending or performing the procedures due to the significant risks associated with them.
Each patient’s age, existing medical conditions and the complications that they are experiencing due to the defective device are all considered, but doctors typically consider revision surgery to be a last resort measure— only to be performed if the patient is suffering severe complications or at an elevated risk of life-threatening conditions.
The Dangers of Hip Revision Surgery
While the metallic ions within the Stryker Rejuvenate pose a concern to patients, the prospect of removing the device often comes at a far heavier price. The stem of the device is very long and is coated with a material that is designed to encourage bone ingrowth— making it difficult to remove without causing significant damage to the bone during extraction. While separating the device from the bone, it is possible to shatter the femur, rendering the patient immobile and in pain for a long time following the procedure. In the event that such an incident occurs, the patient will need to undergo an additional surgery once the femur has been reconstructed and can be replaced along with a new hip replacement device.
The length of the five hour-long procedure poses additional risks— including but not limited to excessive blood loss, increased chance of infection, nerve damage and irreparable damage to the joint. The recovery period following hip replacement revision surgery can exceed six weeks and the patient’s immobility can result in bed sores, additional infections, and other complications.
Finding the Right Surgeon To Remove & Replace Your Stryker Hip
Due to the difficulty of the procedure and the unwillingness of many surgeons to perform it, it can be hard to find a qualified surgeon for your hip replacement revision surgery. If you are finding yourself in this situation, we can help you. We have access to qualified surgeons who have experience helping patients like you through these complex procedures and our access to these professionals will also allow us to fight on your behalf to recover the maximum amount of compensation to which you are entitled.
If you have been injured due to complications caused by a defective hip replacement device, contact the Drug law Center today to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys. We will do everything in our power not only to represent your legal interests but to help you regain the quality of life you had prior to receiving your defective device. This includes connecting you with the resources and doctors that you need to begin your path to recovery as well as taking on the manufacturer of your defective device. You are our priority and because we are confident in our ability to help, we won’t require payment from you unless we recover damages on your behalf.