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Stryker Hip Recall and Lawsuit FAQs

Tennessee defective medical device attorneys answer commonly asked questions about Stryker hip replacement malfunctions and recalls

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Over 300,000 patients receive hip replacement each year in the United States. Many different conditions can lead to this procedure, including osteoarthritis or injuries to the joint. When a hip replacement occurs, doctors remove affected bones and replace them with artificial parts that should leave the patient with more comfort and a better working joint.

However, this expectation hasn’t matched reality for millions of Americans in recent years to the growing danger of metal-on-metal implants produced by major medical manufacturers, like Zimmer Biomet, DePuy, and Stryker.

Here are five frequently asked questions about Stryker hip implant lawsuits:

How common are defective Stryker hip implants?

What is supposed to happen often doesn't when patients receive a Stryker hip implant. An estimated 100,000 patients who have received a Stryker artificial hip have reported a variety of problems and complications due to a defective device being inserted into their bodies. If you too have received one of these hip implants and experience problems with the device, you may be able to receive compensation.

Does Stryker have a history of hip implant recalls?

In a word, yes. In the past, Stryker has faced claims over the Rejuvenate and ABG II metal-on-metal hip implants. Now, the Accolade V40 femoral head is the latest to join the list of Stryker products that could potentially produce pain and dangerous side effects. The Rejuvenate and ABG II have previously been recalled by the manufacturer over fears that the devices were fretting or corroding, resulting in pain, swelling, and inflammation in the surrounding tissue.

Ironically, these two Stryker products were marketed an advancement in technology compared to the traditional metal-on-metal implants. But these particular devices had problems with recalled neck stems that included premature hip implant failure and metal poisoning. The latter can cause a variety of problems.

What are the problems with the Accolade V40?

The Accolade V40 is a femoral head made of cobalt and a chromium alloy that’s often used with a variety of other modular hip implants for replacement surgery. Certain models of the Accolade V40 (manufactured before 2011) have experienced a high incidence of taper lock failure. This product has been recalled in Australia and Canada because it may possible wear down prematurely due to friction between the neck piece and the stem, but it has yet to be recalled the United States. Debris from this breakdown can cause additional deterioration of the hip joint, along with loosening and several other problems that can affect the lifespan of the implant.

Metal poisoning is another potential side effect. The metal from the implant can enter a patient's bloodstream, which can lead to other serious medical problems.

How do I know if I have a defective metal-on-metal hip replacement?

When you have a hip replacement, you should be able to live pain-free for years following the surgery. If you have a Stryker implant, look for the following signs that indicate it’s not functioning properly:

  • Pain in the hip, leg or groin area
  • Swelling at the hip joint
  • Popping, grinding, squeaking or clicking
  • Worsening in mobility

You should also be aware of symptoms of metal poisoning (also known as “metallosis”). These may include:

  • Impaired kidney function
  • Thyroid problems
  • Depression and other psychological issues
  • Vision or hearing problems
  • Cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease)

What should you do if you or a loved one have a defective metal-on-metal hip replacement?

If you have a Stryker implant and have experienced any of these problems, consult your doctor immediately — followed by an experienced attorney. Your metal-on-metal implant may be defective and can result in consequences that can impair your quality of life. You may possibly be eligible for compensation for current and future medical expenses, pain and suffering along with other damages via a class action lawsuit.

Gilreath & Associates has extensive experience with hip implant litigation and we will assist you in filing a claim.

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