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
According to recent reports, this latest hip recall mostly centers of corrossion problems. Like the other high-profile recent hip replacement recall from DePuy Orthopaedics, the Stryker hips were a “metal-on-metal” product. The key issue is that the metal can corrode. This corrosion might result in metallic particles being released into the body. Those can causee a range of problems, including: (1) Metallosis (inflammation of the joints as a result of the particles); (2) Necrosis (the death of tissue around the implant); (3) Osteolysis (bone loss as a result of the particles). Taken together, these problems often cause severe pain, swelling, discomfort, and mobility concerns. Far from helping to solve a medical problem, if defective the device causes much more harm than good. In some cases a risky revision surgery is required to correct the problem.
It goes without saying that no senior should ever have to deal with the complications of a defective medical device. Unfortunately, the reality is that thousands of seniors may actually fall victim to this sort of problem. These Stryker devices were quite popular before the recall. Estimates suggest that as many as 20,000 patients may actually have received these devices. It is unclear exactly how many of that group have been harmed as a result of probems with the product.
Stryker Hip Recall Lawyers in Illinois
The attorneys at our firm are working with all those harmed by this hip recall. Those hurt may be able to use the civil justice system to receive compensation for all of their losses as a result of the defective hip.
If you suspect that you (or a loved one) might be harmed by problems with their hip implant, the first step is to seek out medical help. In addition, it is important to protect your legal rights by contacting an attorney soon afterwards to ensure the appropriate steps are following to protect your claim. The hip recall lawyers at our firm can help with these issue. Take a moment to reach out to our office today.
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