As we age, our hips can weaken and need to be replaced. Sometimes, trauma can cause this to happen more quickly, which could require a hip replacement surgery much earlier in your life. Either way, the recovery is painful and takes time, but in the end, you’ll be able to move more easily and pain-free.
Unfortunately, sometimes your recovery doesn’t go as planned, or down the road your hip starts hurting again because the hip replacement you received was defective. When your hip replacement has been recalled, you could use the help of a Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant lawyer.
Thomas Law Offices will be able to help take part in the lawsuit against the company for their defective medical device and ensure you get the compensation you deserve for all the damages you’ve suffered as a result of their negligence.
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Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Recall
One of the brands of hip implants for replacement surgeries has been recalled because it has proven to be defective and harms patients. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recall, the Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant has been recalled because less than one percent of products have fretting and corrosion problems at the modular neck junction.
This means that the part that connects the head and the femoral stem could fray and deteriorate. Not only is this bad for the function of the hip replacement because it relies on the connection, but also because fraying and corrosion of these materials is dangerous for the surrounding tissue and could be harmful in the bloodstream.
In this specific implant, the modular neck junction is made of Cobalt Chrome. When this corrodes or frays, it releases the metal into the surrounding tissues, bones, and into the bloodstream of the patient. This causes poisoning from metal, which is also known as metallosis.
The product was removed by Stryker in late June of 2012, and the recall was effective in late July of the same year.
What Makes the Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Replacement System Different?
Hip implants might seem like they’re all the same, but they all have varying aspects that could affect how they perform in a patient’s body. When you get your hip replaced, your surgeon will remove the weak or affected parts of your hip and replace them with a medical device.
Since the hip joint is one of the most essential joints in moving your legs, it’s important for this process to go smoothly and the device to be as strong as possible. That’s why hip implants are made of such industrial, and otherwise intense materials.
The different materials that could be used in hip replacements are Polyethylene or plastic, metals, and ceramic. Implants could use any combination of these materials, and the common combinations are:
- Metal-on-Polyethylene (MoP)
- Metal-on-Metal (MoM)
- Ceramic-on-Polyethylene (CoP)
- Ceramic-on-Ceramic (CoC)
- Ceramic-on-Metal (CoM)
All these different combinations are exactly what they sound like. The first material is what the ball that fits inside the hip socket in the pelvis is made of, and the second material listed is the stem and what connects to the femur.
Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement systems are different because it is a metal-on-metal implant. In the United States, MoM replacements are no longer available and no longer used, even though many patients have already received these implants. These typically show to have the most complications, as the metals deteriorate in the body and cause inflammation and metal poisoning.
If you’re looking to get your hip replaced, ceramic-on-ceramic is likely your safest option, as metals and plastics can deteriorate in the body. If you already had your hip replaced with a MoM implant from Stryker, then you could be part of the Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant lawsuit with the help of our lawyers.
Symptoms of Being Injured by Your Stryker Hip Implant
All this information could leave you wondering if your hip implant could be harming you. You should know the symptoms that could point to your hip implant causing your body damage so that you know when to seek medical help, and when you might be able to take part in the Stryker hip implant lawsuit.
Here are some of the most common symptoms reported by victims of a defective hip implant device:
- Pain in the hip, groin, and leg
- Inflammation in the hip area
- Change in ability to walk
- Allergic reaction
These symptoms are frustrating for patients of hip replacements because they likely got their procedure to alleviate these symptoms initially, and now they’re dealing with them all over again. It can also cause more trouble because patients will likely have to go through another major surgery and recovery period just to remove the implant and fix the issues the defective device caused them.
What you can’t see underneath the skin are the potentially serious effects the implant is having on the tissue and bone around it. The inflammation could mean there’s metal poisoning or death of the tissue and bones surrounding the implant. The change in your ability could also point to those, as well as bone loss. Fluid surrounding the joint and pseudo-tumors could also be a result of the implant.
Our Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant attorney will help you identify what you can do about the complications you’ve had from a defective implant. We’ll guide you through the claims process so you can join the lawsuit and recover compensation.
Joining the Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant Lawsuit
As mentioned above, you’ve likely had a metal-on-metal hip implant in the form of a Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant, and have experienced complications as outlined in the recall. If you’ve had the symptoms listed above, and received that brand of replacement, then you could be eligible to join the mass tort against Stryker for allowing this defective product to be used in hip replacement surgeries.
Since you’re dealing with pain, limited motion, and are most likely prepping to undergo another surgery to replace the defective implant, you probably feel like one more thing would be too much to the pile. That makes sense, but you could be missing out on the opportunity to get justice.
Joining in on the Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant lawsuit might seem like a daunting task, but that’s where a knowledgeable attorney comes in. We’ll handle the legal side of things so that you can focus on your healing.
The main aspect of your lawsuit will be us proving that you suffered your injuries as a direct result of a defective implant you received from Stryker. From there, we’ll be able to add you to the lawsuit that already proved that the company failed to perform proper testing to ensure the device was safe.
Medical device manufacturers owe patients a duty of care in testing their products. Without proper testing, they’re exposing patients to possibly harmful devices, which is what happened with the Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant. Our attorneys will help you join the mass tort claim and recover what you deserve.
Useful Definitions to Know in Your Hip Implant Claim
When you join the recall lawsuit, you’re going to need to know some terms. While it won’t be crucial for you to know this information, it is helpful that you understand what’s going on in your claim—that way, you’re informed and feel involved. Here are some of the terms you should be familiar with when you’re joining the hip implant lawsuit:
- Fretting – Process of the implant wearing down from micro-motion
- Corrosion – Process of the metal slowly transforming from an electrochemical reaction
- Tunnionosis – Wearing and corrosion of the head-neck interface of the implant
- Metallosis – Also known as chromium cobalt poisoning, when the metal debris from the implant breaking down gets into the body’s tissues and blood
- ALVAL – Aseptic Lymphocyte-dominated Vasculitis-Associated Lesion, or when the release of metal ions destroy blood vessels and muscle
- ARMD – Adverse Reaction to Metal Debris, or the body’s response to the metal particles
- Pseudo-Tumors – Mass formed around the implant when the body is having an adverse reaction to the metal
Your doctor and lawyer can answer any further questions you might have since all of this can be a bit overwhelming and confusing. They’ll explain how any of these terms directly apply to you and your case so you can understand what’s happening in your body and how that influences your case.
Dealing with all of this on your own can be too much to handle. That’s why our lawyers at Thomas Law Offices are here to help you through your Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant lawsuit.
What A Mass Tort Lawyer Can Do for You
As mentioned, having a lawyer is crucial in this process. They have legal knowledge of mass torts and will know exactly how your case fits in with the rest. From there, they can determine how much you’re owed in compensation and fight to get you a fair settlement.
First, they’ll need some documents from you so that they can review your potential case. Supporting them with ample documentation ensures that they get a full picture of your situation and allows them to determine whether or not you are eligible to join the lawsuit. Here are the documents you’ll need:
- Chart records
- Physical history
- Surgical report
- Pathology report
- Discharge summary
- Orthopedic records
- Recall notice
Most of these are medical records, and they may seem redundant, but you’ll want all of these with you for the initial meeting so your attorney can piece all the information together from the start.
From there, your hip implant recall lawyer will be able to determine your place in the legal claim and how much you’re owed for what you’ve endured. Each settlement in this mass tort will be different, which is why you need a lawyer’s help to calculate how much you’re owed. It’s estimated that the total payout for all settlements put together will be over $1 billion.
Thomas Law Offices Will Represent You in Your Mass Tort Claim
Class action lawsuits can be intimidating and seem too abstract to join. But when you’ve been a victim of a defective product from one of these negligent companies, like Stryker, you deserve justice. The intimidation of a big company and a large suit won’t hold you back when you have one of our experienced mass tort lawyers on your side.
At Thomas Law Offices, we have experience representing victims of defective medical devices, which is why you can trust us with your Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant claim. We’ll fight to get you justice so that you can focus on the road of healing in front of you.
Reach out to our office today so we can schedule a free consultation. We’re accepting cases from all states.