During the summer of 2012, a voluntary recall was announced of two types of modular-neck hip stems after many patients had issues with the implants breaking down and causing other damage. These implants were widely used and you should be aware if you may be affected. If you have suffered injuries from any type of hip replacement, it is important to discuss your case with Wisconsin personal injury attorneys.
More About The Faulty Hip Replacements
The two types of modular-neck hip stems recalled were both made by Stryker Orthopaedics. A voluntary recall was issued after evidence was building showing the replacements are prone to both fretting and corrosion at the metal modular neck junctions. Research has shown this breakdown may be responsible for releasing toxic metal debris into the soft tissues surrounding the implants. Some patients complained of pain and swelling at the joint sites. Additionally, the toxic particles may enter the bloodstream and cause other problems.
The Rejuvenate and the ABG II modular-neck hip stems are shown to be the source of the issues. Excessive metal debris may enter the body as a result of normal use of these replacement joints. Patients may experience extreme inflammation and swelling, pseudotumors, pain and tenderness at the joint, decrease in mobility, toxic metal poisoning, loosening of the hip joint, tissue damage, tissue death and possibly extreme bone loss.
Anyone who received one of these faulty joints may be eligible to seek compensation and should consult with their orthopedic doctor immediately, regardless of whether or not he or she is currently experiencing any problems. After consulting with the orthopedist, he or she should seek the services of experienced Wisconsin personal injury attorneys who can fight to recover fair compensation. Call today for a free, initial consultation.