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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
Date:7/22/2013

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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 o
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