If you or a loved one received the Stryker ABG II hip implant and you would like to learn more about your legal rights and filing a Stryker hip replacement lawsuit, contact Attorney Group for California for your free case evaluation. We can review your case and connect you with an affiliated attorney who can assist you in filing your Stryker hip replacement lawsuit and help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.
Alleged Failure of the Stryker ABG II Hip
According to its manufacturer, the Stryker ABG II hip implant is constructed with more moving parts than conventional hip stems, including an acetabular cup, a ball, a metal neck and a femoral stem. The adjustable design was intended to accommodate a wider array of body types and provider a better option for more active, younger hip recipients.
However, plaintiffs filing a Stryker hip replacement lawsuit claim that all of the moveable parts allegedly allowed for greater opportunities for corrosion and fretting, particularly at the modular-neck junction. As a result, small shards of chromium and cobalt could potentially end up in the patient’s bloodstream or nearby tissues. According to its recall notice, Stryker reported that the accumulation of metal ions in the body may cause pain, swelling and adverse local tissue reactions.
The ABG II hip implant received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration via its 510(k) clearance program. This fast-tracked approval process does not require manufacturers to conduct human trials on a product if it can be proven that the product’s design is based on a device already approved on the market. However, the 510(k) process also enables medical devices and other products to be introduced to consumers before any potential risks, dangers or side effects are determined. Instead, the FDA uses “post-market surveillance” to detect any complications, often after a medical device has been used in hundreds or thousands of patients.
Plaintiffs filing a Stryker hip replacement lawsuit claim that they suffered from several complications, including tissue damage, swelling, pain and difficulty maintaining balance and/or walking. In many instances, patients claim that they are still suffering from problems, even after they underwent revision procedures to remove the allegedly defective devices.
For those in California who were fitted with the Stryker ABG II hip and are experiencing swelling, pain or other adverse side effects, it is important to seek medical attention, as you may need to undergo a revision procedure to correct problems caused by the allegedly defective device. Patients in California may wish to file a Stryker hip replacement lawsuit or join the multidistrict litigation against the manufacturer in an attempt to seek compensation for injuries.
Do You Have a Valid California Stryker Hip Replacement Lawsuit?
If you experienced complications that you feel were the result of the Stryker ABG II hip implant or if you would like to learn more about the Stryker ABG II recall, contact Attorney Group for California today. We can discuss claims on behalf of patients in California who have suffered from life-threatening injuries as a result of these allegedly defective devices. We can review your case and connect you with an affiliated attorney in California who can handle your Stryker hip replacement lawsuit and help you seek damages for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses.