Articles Posted in Stryker Hip Recall

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Problems with medical devices may be the most dagneorus type of defective product case. That is because these medical devices are used in incredibly invasive ways. After all, when it comes to some products, they are actually inserted into the body and stay there for years (or even decades!). If something is wrong with those products then not only is there a chance of a problem but, in some cases, the development of those problems is just a matter of time.

Take, for example, the recent recall of Stryker hip implant products. As we have previously explained, the Stryker Orthopaedic Rejuvenate Modular Hip Implant and ABG II modular-neck hip system were pulled from the market recently after concerns about the increased risk of harm for patients who received the medical products. Metallic particles from the devices were apparently expelled from the implant and entered patient bodies. Sometimes the particles entered the bloodstream and caused a range of poisonings. On other occassions the metal entered nearby tissue and caused breakdowns and infections.

Continued Concerns About Metal-on-Metal Implants

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Products that are mass produced can harm tens, hundreds, or even thousands of community members if mistakes are made during the manufacturing or designing process. For that reason it is entirely reasonable for those who make these products to be held to high standards to ensure community members are kept safe. One key reason for this is that most consumers have no reasonable way to determine the safety of the products.

That is particularly true when it comes to things like medical devices. Many seniors and nursing home residents seek out medical care for varous injuires and ailments. When visiting those professionals it is not common to second-guess everything said or done by the doctor. Of course, reasonable inquiry is helpful, but at the end of the day most patients rely on the expertise of their doctors. That includes relying on the quality of the products used by the doctors when performing their work. But if those materials are not up to quality standards, then medical patients might be seriously harmed in preventable ways as a result. This is never acceptable, and it is crucial for those hurt in these sorts of medical device incidents to demand accountability.

Stryker Hip Corrosion Problems

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One issue that affects many seniors is mobility. As the body ages, different bones, joints and muscle begin to break down–often making it difficult for seniors to get around on their own two feet. Fortunately, medical advances in recent decades have opened up more and more options to help community members retain their mobility for as long as possible. One of the most common tools is a replacement of the hip. Hips take a toll over the course of a lifetime, and when they break down it is usually impossible to walk without severe pain. A replacement involves implanted devices put into the body to return strength to the joint. When working properly, these implants are incredibly helpful, often making the difference between a senior who is able to live on their own or forced to have close day-to-day assistance.

Yet, as with all medical solutions, the hip replacement is only as good as it is safe. Unfortunately, some hip replacement systems have actually not worked as planned–causing serious problems for the patients who received them. For example, this July a hip replacement system was pulled from the market over safety concerns. The Stryker Orthopaedic Rejuvenate Modular Hip Implant or “ABG II modular-neck hip system,” was found to pose unacceptably high risks of problems. Thousands of patients may have been affected by those problems. It is crucial for local residents to understand the situation to determine if they or a loved one might have been harmed.

Stryker Hip Recall