It has been several years since Michigan-based medical device manufacturer Stryker issued a voluntary recall of their Rejuvenate and ABH II modular-neck stem metal hip replacements, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The recall was made after many patients complained that the hip replacement was defective, causing them more pain and suffering than before the implant was surgically inserted.
Stryker Orthopaedics (“Stryker”) is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies. Recently, Stryker has come under fire for some of its medical devices that have been found to be defective. In fact, over 2,000 plaintiffs have filed suit against Stryker because of faults in Stryker hip implants.
Having a hip replaced is one of the most risky and complicated surgeries a person can undergo. It is also one of the most common bone replacements that are undergone in the United States. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), there are several reasons why a person would undergo a hip replacement surgery.
Goals of such surgery include:
While all of the different artificial hip implants on the market carry some form of wear risk, those that are made with metal-on-metal are some of the most dangerous out there. This is because of their unique structure, and these additional concerns can create problems and pains for patients who have had them installed.
According to Science Daily, “hundreds of thousands of hip and knee replacement surgeries are performed in the United States each year.” While these procedures are generally very effective at reducing pain and restoring mobility, there is a high rate of failure of these devices. There is such a high rate of failure, in fact, that Dr.
The business of hip and knee implants is growing. It’s not just baby boomers who need these implants, but the under 65 market is expanding as well. Estimates are that by 2030 when 4 million replacements will be put in, half of all patients will be under 65. Since people are getting replacements at a younger age, they will have th
When it comes to medical devices that have been in the news, defective hip implants have been a constant player. Lawsuits surrounding hip implants have pointed out numerous weaknesses in the devices geared to help people, including complications requiring additional surgeries and even metal poisoning from implants that have broken down and released dangerous substances into the body.
Hip replacements are one of the most common and yet complicated bone revision surgeries a patient can undergo. According to the University of Missouri Medical Center, “the ideal time for surgery is when other measures, such as medicines, exercise, weight loss, and alternative therapies no longer work.” A hip replacement should be undergone only when hip pain causes a limp and interferes with the enjoyment or ability to complete everyday activities.
If you’ve had a hip replacement surgery in the last several years and you’re experiencing pain or other complications, you may need to investigate hip product recalls. In January of 2013, the FDA issued a warning about faulty hip replacements for products using metal-on-metal in their design.
A recent New York Times report has revealed that Johnson & Johnson, makers of the hip implant device Articular Surface Replacement (ASR), became aware that its all-metal hip replacement device had an alarmingly high failure rate, not long after the company issued a recall for the device.