One of the world’s leaders in medical device innovation and technology is the Stryker Corporation, but the company has found itself under scrutiny recently due to serious complications with two of its hip replacement systems, the ABG II modular neck hip stems as well as the Stryker Rejuvenate. Both of these hip replacement systems were released in 2009 and have lead to thousands of complaints by recipients who have suffered fretting and corrosion of these devices after implantation. Recalls were issued by Stryker in July 2012. Arkansas Stryker Hip Recall Lawyers are bringing liablity claims against Stryker.
Stryker’s ABG II Hip Replacement System
The ABG II system consists of many modular components that helps stabilize and minimizes stress on bones. The stem is made by using a proprietary titanium alloy blend that consists of titanium, molybdenum, zirconium and iron, also known as TMZF. A cobalt-chromium alloy makes the neck of the ABG II. First developed as an alternative to ceramic or plastic orthopedic implants, hip replacement systems made of metal on metal components, like the ABG II, have become less favorable in the medical world because of the deterioration of certain metals. According to data from the Food and Drug Administration, devices that are metal-on-metal are more likely to fail versus plastic or ceramic devices due to the wearing that happens when the ball and socket rub together with each other with movement.
Problems with the Stryker ABG II
Problems can happen with the mating of the cobalt chromium neck and the titanium alloy stem. These two metals can form an electrochemical reaction that leads to fretting and corrosion or flaking of metal. When the toxic metal debris releases into the surrounding tissue, adverse reactions, along with pain and swelling at or close to the hip can occur. Studies have also discovered when cobalt and chromium ions spread through the body, damage can be done to lymph nodes, the liver, the spleen and kidneys. Though some recipients experience no symptoms at all, others may suffer infection-like symptoms, including pain or swelling. Some patients may also experience the following:
- Metal poisoning or metallosis
- Development of pseudotumors
- Groin pain
- Hearing or visual changes
Arkansas Stryker Hip Recall Lawyers
If you or a loved one has suffered pain and suffering because of complications from a Stryker ABG II modular-neck hip replacement system, contact the Arkansas Stryker Hip Recall Lawyers with Arkansas Attorney Group today. We can inform you of your rights and help to seek financial compensation for your suffering.