When a hip joint becomes damaged, either due to an injury or caused by wear and tear over time, patients may have difficulty carrying out many activities of daily life. It can become painful to walk, run, or move about. Hip replacement surgery is one treatment option that may provide some patients with relief. However, some hip implants have been linked to dangerous complications, including the releasing of toxic metals into some patients.
Why Patients Choose to Undergo Hip Replacement Surgeries
With the potential for such significant harmful side effects, you may wonder why anyone would undergo a hip replacement surgery. There are several reasons for doing so, including the reduction of pain and the increase of mobility. Hip replacements are typically called for as a result of any of the following:
- Fracture to the hip bone
- Injury to the hip joint
- General wearing down of the hip joint over time
In most cases, a patient will first try more conservative treatments, such as physical therapy and pain medication. Surgery may be required when these treatments do not provide a solution. While hip replacement surgeries have been around for centuries, modern day implants are typically made from a combination of materials, including plastic, ceramics, and metals. Hip replacement surgeries are typically either partial, total, or a procedure known as hip resurfacing.
Complications Associated With Stryker Hip Replacement Devices
Since the Stryker hip implant devices utilize metal-on-metal ball-and-socket components, metallic debris can be released into the body during normal wear and tear in some patients. Metal components may have a tendency to rub against one another, resulting in the depositing of small shards of metal into a patient’s tissues, bones, or bloodstream. This may lead to the following complications:
- Bone fractures
- Metal toxicity from grinding metal components
- Premature tissue death
- Bone dissolution
- Pseudo tumor formation
- Pain, requiring revision surgery
Several of Striker Corp.’s hip implant devices have since been recalled, including the Rejuvenate, the ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stem, and the Accolade TMZF Plus Hip Stem.
Damages for Injuries Caused by a Stryker Hip Replacement Device
As a result of the harmful side effects associated with hip replacement surgeries involving Stryker devices, thousands of injured patients have since filed lawsuits against the company. These patients are seeking damages for the following:
- Lost past, present, and future income
- Costs of medical treatments
- Costs of revision surgery
- Punitive damages to punish Stryker’s conduct
- Costs for ongoing medical monitoring for patients who still have their implants in place, so that they can detect any problems early
In addition, these patients have accused the company of the following:
- Negligence in designing the devices
- Negligence in the testing of the safety of the devices
- Failing to warn about the dangers associated with the devices
- Concealing information about the risks of serious injuries and even death
If you or a loved one had a hip replacement surgery involving a Stryker hip implant device, you may be entitled to compensation for any injuries that you suffered as a result. We can help guide you through the process of protecting your legal rights. We encourage you to contact us today to begin the process at 855-947-0707.