Stryker Corporation makes implants used in orthopedic surgery. It focuses on him implant surgeries and is, in fact, one of the largest hip implant manufacturers. Back in 2012, the company announced a major voluntary recall on two of its products. The products were the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular neck stems. The major problem cited with these two products was that they presented the possibility of corrosion occurring. The corrosion, in term, would result in the release of both cobalt and chromium ions. These ions pose the threat of harm to the bone and tissue that surrounds the hip replacement. The products were said to cause friction in the hip during normal movement. The friction released tiny, microscopic even, shavings of metal debris in the the patient’s bloodstream. This caused extremely painful inflammation.
There have been more issues with other types of Stryker implants. For instance, there have been a number of potential problems cited with the Stryker LFIT V4) femoral heads. Stryker knee implants have also led to terrible issues. Unfortunately, Stryker implants have caused people across the United States a great deal of pain and medical issues. The implants have led patients to require additional surgeries and endure devastating health consequences.
Those who have underwent hip implants involving Stryker implants should continue to be aware of the possible issues they may face. Stay alert and should you have any symptoms such as the following, immediately contact your orthopedic surgeon:
- Pain at the implant location
- Feeling like your hip joint is slipping
- Hearing noise from the hip joint
- Instability of the hip joint
- Inflammation and swelling
- Loss of mobility
- Reduction in your range of motion
- Pain in the hip or groin area
- Changes in walking ability
In addition to the above symptoms, be aware of things like elevated cobalt or chromium levels in the blood. Unfortunately, this is a telltale sign of problems with a Stryker implant. The friction resulting from different metal components of the hip implant can result in metallosis. The metal parts become corroded and leads to metal particles being released into the bloodstream of the patient. The heightened amount of metal particles in the bloodstream can lead to a whole host of issues including a complete failure of the implant device. The metal ions can also result in skin rashes as some experience a general hypersensitivity reaction to the metal ions. There can also be heart muscle issues associated with the metal ions as well as neurological changes resulting in altered sensory abilities. The heightened cobalt or chromium levels may also have a psychological impact leading to the patient experiencing depression or cognitive impairment. The patient with a defective Stryker implant may also experience thyroid dysfunction leading to neck pain as well as fatigue and weight gain.
Stryker knee implants have also been incredibly problematic. Many patients who received a Stryker knee implant had to go on to undergo revision surgery in order to replace the knee implant. Additionally, common issues faced by individuals with defective Stryker knee implants include:
- Chronic pain
- Joint instability
- Limited mobility
- Misalignment of the knee implant
- Loosing of the knee implant
- Fracturing of the knee implant
- Failure of the knee implant.
Stryker implants have caused so much pain to so many people. If you have been the victim of a defective Stryker implant, consult with a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible. They will counsel you on your potential to receive compensation for the harm you have suffered.