When Medical Devices are Recalled: Stryker Hip Replacement
Medical devices were designed to provide relief and assistance for users. An example of an externally used device is a hearing aid and others are surgically implanted like a heart pacer or hip resurfacing device. But what happens when there is a recall of those products? According to the FDA (Food and Drug Association), a recall will only happen when:
The device is defective
Their is a risk to the patient’s health
At times, there is a taboo mind-set that when it is recalled by the company, using it should be stopped. Sometimes, a device should be checked, fixed or adjusted. Types of actions are considered like repairing the defect, adjusting the settings or even destroying it. For surgically implanted devices, there are only two options: discuss it to with the doctors if it should be removed or discuss the risk of keeping it in place.
There are also times when it is necessary to take back the merchandise if they are manufactured as a group and the company cannot predict which is defected individually. To be safe, they withdraw either an entire model, lot or inventory line. In any case, they either fall in two categories;
The recall can be done by the manufacturer or distributor who can voluntarily make that move when they realize that their product has broken or violated the laws set by FDA (notified prior or after the recall). Other times, the Food and Drug Association itself will mandate a recall if the company refuses to do it even when substantial health problems or death have already been proven.
Stryker Hip Replacements and Recalls
One of those common medical devices that can be subject for recall is hip replacements. There are two types:
Total Hip replacement or THR: the ball of the femur or thigh bone is cut off and replaced by metal or very hard plastic;
Metal-On-Metal Hip Resurfacing: a hollow and mushroom shaped cobalt-chrome metal cap is placed in the same area but with as little bone removed. As the hip joints are moving, Synovial fluid will flow, lubricating between the surfaces of the embedded bearing to position it properly.
Stryker Orthopedics Strikes Out
One of the leading manufacturers and distributors of these hip replacement systems is Stryker Orthopaedics with their Rejuvenate and ABGII systems. It was originally created by the company to ease the pain and improve hip movement. However, by November of 2014, that company had already paid $1.4 Billion as a settlement for patients on their defective implants. They have been facing a lot of complains since July 2012 due to the dangerous effects of their products. The causes are due to the fretting and corrosion of excessive metallic debris from the chromium and cobalt in the neck components and titanium coated stems. The metallic debris in turn goes to the blood stream and in the joints.
Some of the effects presented by Stryker Hip Replacements are:
Muscle and tissue death
Excessive Metallic debris
Pain (relieved only with revision surgery)
You May Be Entitled To Compensation!
In the previous reports, patients implanted with Rejuvenate and ABGII systems have a 100% rate of getting a revision or replacement surgery in the future. But anyone who is implanted with one of the previous faulty devices may also be entitled to a compensation from the Stryker. Are you one of the many who have been affected, or maybe a loved one? Make the call today! Our toll free hotline is (888) 260-9494! We’ll work tirelessly for you to help you seek the compensation you rightly deserve.