Stryker Hip Implant Side Effects
Stryker Corporation, which manufactures a number of hip implant devices, is one of the largest medical and orthopedic manufacturers in the world. While most of the devices are successful, some of the Stryker hip implants have been responsible for serious medical injuries and resulted in a need for revision surgery due to severe side effects.
Serious Adverse Events and Metal Corrosion
Hip implants of all types may cause serious side effects. However, the Stryker devices have caused a higher than normal occurrence of failure due to corrosion and fritting of the metal which can release metal ions and fragments into surrounding tissue causing severe adverse events such as:
- Metallosis – tissue poisoning due to metal ions and fragments
- Necrosis – tissue and bone death due to metallosis toxicity
- Osteolysis –dissolution of necrotic bone tissue, caused mainly by metal toxicity
- Systemic metal poisoning – body wide inflammation due to metallosis entry into the blood stream
- Pseudotumors – false tumor formation surrounding the joint due to inflammation
- Bone fracture – bones near the joint may weaken and fracture
- Revision Surgery – to replace implant due to pain or severe inflammation
- Reconstructive surgery – due to weakened bone tissue resulting in fractures of femur or pelvis
Stryker implants can cause a systemic inflammatory or immune system reaction from metal poisoning which resulting in symptoms such as rash, fatigue, headache, and infection.
Stryker Revision Surgery
Most patients who experience severe side effects caused by Stryker hip implants must undergo additional surgery or surgeries to remove and replace the implant. Some patients are required to undergo multiple surgeries to repair or reconstruct injured joints, bones, and tissue in addition to the replacement surgery.
Hip revision and reconstructive surgery is often significantly more painful than the original hip replacement procedure and may require much longer recovery periods. Patients who undergo hip revision surgery are exposed to an increased risk of infection and are more likely to need revision surgery in the future.
Other Stryker Hip Side Effects
Less severe side effects which are not medically dangerous, may impact the patient’s quality of life and ability to perform normal activities. These include:
- Pain in implant area, groin and abdomen
- Inflammation in implant area, groin and abdomen
- Difficulty in standing or walking due to hip instability
- Loss of muscle mass due to immovable joint
- Difficulty moving due to pain
- Hip dislocation
Even when side effects are not life-threatening, they may still increase the need for revision surgery to remove and replace the implant. Under any conditions, revision surgery will still carry increased risks for pain, infection and disability.
Styker Hip Implant Models
Though Stryker makes a number of hip implant products, the devices which have caused the highest concerns over severe or serious side effects include:
- Stryker Rejuvenate Modular Neck Stem
- Stryker ABG II Modular Neck Stem
- Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head
Due to a high number of adverse events reported to the FDA and concerns about device design, Stryker Corporation has previously issued recalls for all three model types.
Stryker Hip Lawsuits
Stryker Corporation is facing numerous lawsuits for injuries related side effects of its hip implant devices. People or loved ones of those who have been injured, required revision surgery or experienced severe side effects due to a Stryker hip implant should seek legal assistance.