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Tennessee Woman Implanted with Stryker Metal Hip Stem Suffered Serious Injuries, Plus Need for Revision Surgery, Alleges Lawsuit Filed by Parker Waichman LLP

New York, New York (PRWEB) July 22, 2013

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective medical devices, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Tennessee woman who alleges that her Stryker Rejuvenate Modular Hip Stem is defective and has caused her injuries, as well as the need for revision surgery. The suit was filed on June 26, 2013, in New Jersey’s Superior Court of Bergen County (Case No. 2-5036-13). It is one of many cases related to the Multicounty Litigation entitled In Re Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and ABG II Modular Hip Stem Litigation, Case No. 296.

According to the Complaint, the Plaintiff was implanted with a Rejuvenate modular hip stem in her left hip on or around June 20, 2011. She had to have revision surgery to remove the device on or around Oct. 16, 2012, the Complaint adds. It also notes that following a blood test, she learned that her blood included abnormalities attributable to a defect in the hip implant.

The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Stems are similar to the class of hip implants called metal-on-metal in that they both contain metal components that grind together under the body’s weight. As a result, as with many other metal-on-metal hip implants, Stryker voluntarily recalled both products in June 2012. One year later, the company is still feeling the results of the recall: Stryker Corp.'s second-quarter profit fell 34% as the medical-device maker recorded a $170 million charge tied to the product recalls, according to a July 18 report.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has since put this medical device class under greater scrutiny following reports of high failure rates and the release of high concentrations of metallic debris into the bloodstream. On Jan. 17, 2013, the FDA released new guidelines for patients implanted with all-metal devices. The agency advised physical examinations, diagnostic imaging and metal ion testing in symptomatic patients.

According to a Jan. 17, 2013, FDA alert about metal-on-metal hip implants, there may be adverse events after surgery, regardless of the type of hip system implanted, including:

  •     Hip dislocation, when the ball of the thighbone (femur) slips out of its socket in the hip bone (pelvis)
  •     Bone fracture
  •     Joint infection
  •     Local nerve damage with numbness/weakness
  •     Device loosening or breakage
  •     Difference in leg lengths
  •     Bone loss (osteolysis)

The FDA added that patients with hip implants should be aware of potential symptoms that may occur three or more months after surgery that may indicate their device is not functioning properly. Symptoms of this may include:

  •     Pain in the groin, hip or leg
  •     Swelling at or near the hip joint
  •     A limp or change in walking ability
  •     Noise (popping, grinding, clicking or squeaking) from the hip joint

Depending on the severity of the adverse event(s), revision surgery may be necessary.

Additionally, new data from Canada suggests that those implanted with metal-on-metal hips are more likely to need revision surgery within five years, according to a July 18 CBC News report. Specifically, according to the Canadian Institutes for Health Information study, people who have had metal-on-metal implants faced a 5.9 percent chance of needing the implant replaced within five years, compared to a 2.7 percent rate among those with metal-on-plastic implants.

Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free legal consultations to victims of metal-on-metal hip implant injuries. If you or a loved one experienced premature failure of your implant or other health problems associated with a metal-on-metal hip implant, please contact their office by visiting the firm's Defective Hip Implant page at Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).

Parker Waichman LLP
Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney
(800) LAW-INFO
(800) 529-4636

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