Stryker Hip Revision Surgery
Stryker Corporation, one of the largest surgical device companies in the U.S., manufactures hundreds of products, including multiple joint replacement products. Several of their hip device implants have caused serious injuries to patients who have received them. Many of these patients have been required to undergo hip revision surgery to remove faulty implants, repair or reconstruct damaged tissue and replace the original device.
Hip revision surgery is performed when a previously implanted hip replacement device has failed or malfunctioned or has resulted in serious complications or side effects. In some cases, it is done to restore function and mobility when an older device has worn out in an expected manner. In other cases, it must be performed due to early failure which was unexpected.
Under ideal or normal circumstances, a hip implant device can be expected to last for 15 to 20 years. Certain models of Stryker hip implants may have a much higher-than-expected failure rate in a much shorter time period. In some models, it has been calculated as high as 13 percent within the first two years.
The Stryker hip implants connected with a higher-than-normal rate of revision surgery include:
- Stryker Rejuvenate Modular Neck hip system
- Stryker ABG II Modular Neck hip system
- Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head
Faulty Stryker Design
Stryker hip replacement devices were intended to be more durable, corrosion resistant and longer lasting for a “younger” patient. They are designed as a modular system, to make implantation easier, with metal construction to be corrosion and fatigue resistant. Their design has however proven to be troublesome.
They are constructed of cobalt, chromium and titanium metals which may grate against one another at the joint where the two components meet. This may result in the release of toxic metal ions and debris into surrounding tissues causing a condition known as metallosis.
Metallosis may cause further complications including necrosis, osteolysis and systemic inflammation.
Patients who experience metallosis may be subjected to:
- Pain and inflammation
- Bone fracture
- Joint destabilization
- Loss of mobility
- Implant loosening
- Systemic illness due to metal poisoning
In most cases, extreme cases of metallosis and other issues caused by Stryker implants, surgical intervention is necessary.
This may include:
- Revision Surgery – to remove faulty or failing implant and replace with a new implant to eliminate pain and restore function.
- Reconstructive surgery – to repair damage such as broken bones, necrotic tissue, or degraded bones which have occurred due to joint destabilization or injury caused by metallosis or fragmentation.
A Stryker hip revision surgery will be more complex than the original joint replacement surgery. When compared to a first-time hip implant, revision surgery may subject the patient to more pain, additional infection risk and will require a longer recovery period. Some patients who undergo revision surgery may require multiple reconstruction surgeries to repair tissue or bone which has been damaged.
In addition, In addition, people who undergo one revision surgery are at a higher risk of requiring future revision surgery. As tissue and bone is destroyed by implant failure, it may be weaker and less able to maintain integrity.
Stryker Hip Revision Surgery Lawsuits
Because of high rates of early failure and serious complications caused by Stryker hip replacement devices, many victims have filed medical injury lawsuits. Hundreds of these lawsuits remain in federal, state and local courts and many more may be expected.