As a result of defective Stryker Rejuvenate artificial hips, there has been a massive recall of these devices. They were released for use by the general public between 2009 and 2012. Stryker Orthopedics was successful in selling 20,000 of its ABG II and Rejuvenate hip implants.
However, in July 2012 the company recalled the devices voluntarily as there was clear evidence that the devices were defective. Not only was metal debris being spread around the patient’s body tissues, but it was shown to be toxic and damaging to the body overall.
Corrosion Has Caused The Spread of Metal In the Body
Although the Stryker ABG II and Rejuvenate implants were produced with a modular femoral stem made up of two parts, which meant different sized balls could be fixed to a standardized stem, it was discovered that the junction between the two metal components of the stem was exposed to corrosion causing a release of metal debris within the recipient’s body.
As a result of the product’s defects, recipients experience ongoing pain, popping or squeaking sounds, the implant wearing unevenly, the development of infection and swelling, metallosis and other adverse reactions within local nearby tissue. Also, the attempt to use revision surgery has been ineffective as patients have suffered fractures in the femur.
Compensation Claims Against Stryker
Four patients who had Stryker implants settled for undisclosed sums of money outside of court in December 2013. After that, Stryker announced its decision to pay out $1.1 billion in compensation to settle any claims against them.
Defective DePuy Metal Hip Implants
DePuy, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, is involved in yet another dispute over hip implants, and this time it is the DePuy Pinnacle Cup System. Recipients who have been given these hip implants are suffering similar side-effects to the DePuy ASR, which was recalled in 2010.
The sort of damage includes friction that has caused metal fragments to become released into the bloodstream and surrounding tissue. This can, it has been proven, cause tissue and bone necrosis, metallosis, fracturing and dislocation of hips requiring further surgery. Also, the release of cobalt and chromium metal ions, which are toxic, can cause inflammation and chronic pain, leading to cardiac, neurological, renal or even thyroid dysfunction.
Lawsuits Against DePuy and Johnson & Johnson
One of the first plaintiffs for the Pinnacle hip implant was Dean Colbert from California who filed a DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit in Sacramento, where he stated that two hip implants he received had caused him pain and inflammation to his thighs, hips and groin, preventing him from walking. Colbert asserted that DePuy’s implant manufacturer was fully aware that the Pinnacle device was dangerous but continued to sell it. He demanded $75,000 in compensation for economic losses, pain and suffering, and corrective surgery in order to get the devices replaced.
In March, $500 million was awarded to 5 plaintiffs in compensation and punitive damages in the second round of bellwether trials for the DePuy Pinnacle Hip implant product. The results of these trials give some indication of how successful further lawsuits will be against this defective hip replacement product. Now, any lawsuits targeting both the ASR and the Pinnacle hip implants have become part of multidistrict litigations as there are so many plaintiffs involved.
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