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Dreyer Boyajian LLP is investigating cases for persons who have had the metal on metal Stryker hip implant and are experiencing complications or who have had a revision surgery. The Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant has been linked to several health complications, including metallosis. It was introduced into the market in 2010. However, following numerous health complains made to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and a Canadian recall in May 2012, Stryker Orthopedics recalled its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems in July 2012 in this Country.
Stryker has stated that the voluntary recall was based on reports of increased risk of corrosion and "fretting," which can harm tissue and lead to pain and other complications. Such concerns have also been raised in other brands of metal on metal hip prostheses, including the recalled DePuy ASR hip implant system. While most hip implants are designed to last up to 20 years, the Stryker device has been found to malfunction much sooner.
Studies have shown that over time, the ball and socket components of metal on metal hip devices are prone to wear down, generating metal debris fragments. These fragments can cause fluids to build up in the joint and surrounding muscles, and may cause pain and swelling or damage to the muscles, bones, and nerves around the hip.
Dreyer Boyajian LLP represents several persons who have been injured as a consequence of metal-on-metal prosthetic devices. If you have suffered injury or financial damage because of a problem with a Biomet or another metal on metal hip implant system, it is important that you speak to an attorney to protect your rights.
Symptoms of a defective metal on metal hip implant may include:
- Hip, leg, groin or lower back pain
- Swelling, inflammation or infection
- Problems walking, standing or sitting
- Fatigue or decline in physical ability
- Audible clicking or crunching sound from the hip area
- Elevated levels of metals in blood causing metallosis
Continuing symptoms may be signs of the implant loosening from the bone, dislocation of the implant, or fracture of the bone.
Unusual wear patterns may cause metallic debris to come from the cup, ball and femoral stem, also known as the trunnion or taper. Metal implants have wear and tear such that loose metal particles are generated and can damage surrounding tissue and enter into the bloodstream. The metal used in these devices is cobalt and chromium, both having the potential to poison one's body. Metal poisoning is called "metallosis." Because the symptoms are wide ranging and appear to overlap with other conditions, the condition can exist for some time before diagnosed and treated. Here are some of the symptoms:
- Brain fog - This is a broad term that describes feelings of confusion and forgetfulness.
- Persistent pain - Chronic pain may be felt in almost any area of the body, including the muscles, tendons or soft tissues.
- Persistent feelings of malaise - This is also a somewhat vague symptom. Chronic malaise means you often feel generally unwell. For instance, you may often feel tired, uncomfortable or sick.
- Gastrointestinal problems - Some specific symptoms associated with gastrointestinal issues are diarrhea, gas, constipation, and trouble digesting foods.
- Emotional disturbance - Some that are especially linked to metal toxicity are feelings of anxiety and mood swings. Depression may also be a sign of metal toxicity.
- Problems with the nervous system - Some common manifestations may include feelings of burning or numbness in the extremities and tingling in other parts of the body.
- Cardiomyopathy - An extremely serious consequence of metal toxicity, this term means that the muscle of the heart is no longer functioning as it should.
- Problems with hearing, sight or cognition, dizziness, headaches
- Peripheral neuropathy - This can cause a host of problems including numbness, tingling and tremors.
- Skin rashes
Our firm is actively investigating cases from a wide variety of hip implants made by Stryker, Biomet, DePuy, Wright, Zimmer, and other metal-on-metal implant manufacturers. Dreyer Boyajian LLP has been successfully representing clients in personal injury and products liability cases for over 30 years. We strive to provide our clients with the highest legal and ethical quality of representation. Our goal is simple - Getting you the justice that you deserve.
If you or a loved one has questions about a potential claim related to the Stryker or other metal on metal hip implant, please call us today to learn more about your legal rights at toll free 866-292-1582 or submit an online contact form.