Knowledgeable Stryker Hip Implant Recall Lawyers in Oklahoma City
Helping you take action after an injury due to a defective medical device
At the law firm of Cunningham & Mears, we’re dedicated to helping people injured by defective medical products, including the highly dangerous Stryker hip implant. These devices have been recalled for causing a variety of issues in patients, and we’re here to fight for the compensation you need and deserve. Turn to us when you need an Oklahoma City attorney to advocate diligently on your behalf.
Understanding hip replacement recalls
Hip replacement surgery is a difficult procedure to endure, but it can be made much worse when you find that the medical device in your body has been recalled and may be causing you more harm than good. The recent recall by Stryker Orthopaedics of its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip replacement systems stems from the products causing the following issues:
- Revision surgeries: More patients have needed to have a second surgery after receiving these hip replacement systems than those who received similar hip replacement products.
- Metal-on-metal components: Metal-on-metal mechanisms cause friction, which can result in metallosis — metal ions being released into the surrounding bone and tissue.
- Fretting and corrosion: These complications may cause an adverse local tissue reaction and/or pain and swelling around the hip.
Unlike most product recalls, a hip replacement is not a matter of simply returning your product to the manufacturer. The process to remove one of these devices is painful, costly and invasive. If you are suffering from the causes of the Stryker hip replacement recall and related medical issues, you may be able to pursue a products liability lawsuit.
Claims involving medical devices
For a successful claim, you need to prove that the device injured you, that it was defectively designed, manufactured or marketed, and that the defect was the cause of the injury. In the case of the Stryker hip replacement recall, the second point has already been proven for you.
When it comes to medical devices, there are many items for which the manufacturer is responsible. With a recall, the manufacturer is responsible for all foreseeable risks when a product is found to be dangerous or defective. This is especially important for victims of the Stryker hip replacement products, because the devices saw such high early failure rates, yet were still approved for sale through the Food & Drug Administration’s 510(K) medical device approval process. Although this process is intended to facilitate the release of products like existing devices on the market, it does not require premarket testing. As a victim, you should not have to suffer due to this loophole.
What other types of defective artificial hip implants have been recalled?
Defective hip implants have caused thousands of people to live in pain, require revision surgeries and file lawsuits. People who suffered harm because of the defective medical devices manufactured have alleged that the corporations knew their products were faulty and failed to warn patients about the inherent risks of having the product implanted into their bodies. There are several manufacturers that have recalled metal-on-metal hip replacement devices including the following:
- DePuy ASR
- DePuy Pinnacle
- Biomet M2a
- Wright Conserve
- Portland Orthopaedics
- Smith & Nephew
What do injured Stryker hip implant patients need to know now?
If you or someone you care about has a Stryker hip implant in your body and you are concerned that it is failing, you can discuss it with your doctor and find out about your level of risk for injury or complication. Your doctor may choose to do an MRI or take an x-ray to see check on the condition of the appliance and see if there is any inflammation or bone loss occurring.
The FDA has a web page with questions and answers for patients who are living with metal-on-metal hip implants. It contains information about what you might discuss with your orthopedic surgeon about your symptoms, and other helpful information pertaining to living with a hip implant that could be failing.
Most importantly, you may wish to speak to an experienced Oklahoma defective medical device lawyer from Cunningham & Mears if you begin to develop symptoms or complications that could be a result of a failing hip implant such as infection, bone loss, bone fracture, joint dislocation, neurological changes, renal function impairment, thyroid dysfunction or other conditions that can result from an adverse reaction to the metal ions being shed by the implant in the body.
If you are suffering from pain, limited mobility or other related health problems from your hip implant, there may be compensation available. We offer a free, no obligation case review to answer your questions.
Work with an experienced product liability injury attorney
To get what you need after an injury related to a Stryker hip implant, call on Cunningham & Mears today. Set up your free initial consultation by contacting us or by calling 405-212-9234. We’re happy to meet with you to discuss your case and outline your legal options.