Stryker ABG II Modular Neck System
Serious complications have been associated with the Stryker ABG II Modular Hip Neck Stem due to corrosion and wear at the neck junction and stem components prompting a recall in July 2012. The wearing of metal parts can result in the release of metal debris into the bloodstream destroying tissue and causing severe complications such as inflammation, pain and metal poisoning possibly leading to the need for a revision surgery. If you are a recipient of the Stryker ABG II Modular Neck Stem and have suffered complications following surgery, contact Louisiana Attorney Group so we can match you with experienced Louisiana Stryker Hip Replacement Lawyers who can help protect your rights.
Complications with Stryker ABG II Modular Hip System
The neck of a Stryker ABG II Modular Neck Stem is made of cobalt and chromium and the stems are covered with titanium. When these metal components rub against each other every time the hip joint moves, metal particles are shed. These particles accumulate and are then released into the bloodstream and surrounding tissue causing metal poisoning, a condition known as metallosis, which kills the tissue as the metal particles settle into the body. Many recipients have tested positive for elevated levels of chromium and cobalt. Pseudo tumors can form when the body tries to isolate poisonous metals and often times can only be seen when an MRI is performed. Toxic levels of metals can remain in a person’s body over a year even after the defective implant is removed. Common signs and symptoms of metal poisoning that may affect recipients of metal on metal hip implants such as the Stryker ABG II Modular Neck Stem include cardiomyopathy, impairment visually and cognitively, hypothyroidism, rashes, deafness, blindness, peripheral neuropathy, and heart failure.
Louisiana Stryker Hip Replacement Lawyers
When a patient undergoes a hip replacement, they are usually wanting to fix problems such as a functional deformity, rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative joint diseases including avascular necrosis and osteoarthritis, fractures and revisions of prior attempted treatments. They certainly do not expect to experience even more complications following a surgery that was intended to help fix their initial problem. If you have suffered injuries after implantation of a defective hip implant, contact Louisiana Attorney Group. Our affiliated Louisiana Stryker Hip Replacement Lawyers will ensure you receive just and fair monetary compensation to help you recover from your injuries due to a defective medical device.