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Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Patients Requiring Hip Revision Surgery
Many patients that received the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implant devices are now facing the prospect of having hip revision surgery. These devices were recalled in 2012 when it was found that the devices were prone to fretting and corrosion, causing them to loosen and fail prematurely. Although these hip implants were touted to last up to 20 years, patients with these implants are needing to have them removed and replaced with other devices.
Dangers Of Metal Hip Implants
There have been several metal hip implants, including those manufactured and designed by Stryker, that have been recalled for faulty design. These metal-on-metal devices all have similar issues, corroding, loosening and failing in thousands of patients. Not only is this painful for the patient, it can cause serious health risks, including metal poisoning. In the Stryker recall of their metal hip implant devices, the company suggests that surgeons of patients with these devices perform extensive examinations as well as blood work to check for metal toxicity and infection. For many patients, the findings of these examinations will result in the necessary removal and revision of their hip implant.
Undergoing Hip Revision Surgery When An Implant Fails
When most patients received their Stryker hip implant, they believed that their new implant would last for decades. However, many are needing to undergo hip revision surgery only a short year or two after their initial surgery to remove these dangerous devices. For these patients, this means facing the risks of surgery, as well as the pain and suffering of recovery.
To remove these defective devices, the patient will once again need to be put under anesthesia, which is always a risk. The hip of the patient will need to be dislocated, then the existing device must be removed. This includes removing the components attached to both the pelvic and femur bones. The cement used to attach these devices must also be extracted. After the defective device is removed, the surgeon will then need to implant another hip device, virtually repeating the surgery the patient had only a short time before.
Possible Complications Of Hip Revision Surgery
For patients that must undergo a hip revision surgery to remove their Stryker hip implant, there is increased risk versus their first surgery. Some patients with severe infections will actually need to have two revision surgeries; one to remove the defective device and another to implant the new hip device once the infection clears. Some of the possible complications that patients may face any time they need to have hip revision surgery include:
- Reduced mobility. The new device may not function as well as the previous device
- Risk during surgery. There can be a higher risk of blood loss as well as the normal risks that accompany any surgery.
- Bone loss. When removing the old device, some of the bone may need to be removed.
- Loss of muscle strength. There can be a loss of musculature around the hip from the procedure, causing loss of strength and mobility.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Any hip surgery has the risk of DVT, where clots form in the leg of the patient. If these clots break loose and travel to the heart or lungs, this can cause an embolism that can be fatal.
Most medical experts agree that any hip revision surgery has more risks, possible complications and less chance of success than the original surgery. Patients that must undergo these surgeries due to defective devices such a the Stryker hip implants deserve at a minimum to have their surgeries and medical costs paid for as well as receive compensation for their pain and suffering.
Protecting The Removed Hip Device For Use In Prosecuting A Hip Failure Case
In cases where a Stryker hip has prematurely failed, and a patient requires a revision surgery, Drug Law Center has arranged to have the devices stored with the assistance of a medical contractor for purposes of prosecuting lawsuits against Stryker for their defective devices. Our experience in medical device litigation has repeatedly demonstrated that the device itself can be a powerful piece of evidence as opposed to a narrative from an operative report describing the wear on the device. Consequently, we urge people with recalled Stryker hips to consider this and make arrangements prior to the procedure so their device can be protected should it be necessary in their case.
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