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### The risks of artificial hip implants
All artificial hip implants pose risks to recipients. There is risk of infection, toxicity, and wear-and-tear of the component parts of the implant. Just as parts of the body wear out as we get older, implants may wear out. However, metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implant carry their own set of unique risks in addition to risks associated with hip implants in general.
Beyond these acceptable risks lies the alarming realm of negligence, in which manufacturers produce a faulty product; products produce dangerous effects in their recipients; or the risks associated with certain products or procedures are hidden or misrepresented to the public. Often, manufacturers of these defective or dangerous hip implant products will be subject to recalls, regulatory action, and lawsuits. If you or someone you love has suffered as a result of a hip implant system, please contact Philadelphia metal-on-metal hip implant lawyers at Green & Schafle for a free consultation by requesting a callback below.
### Metal-on-Metal hip implant recalls
According to the FDA, hip implants may be recalled by the manufacturer for a number of reasons. If your hip implant is recalled, this does not necessarily mean that the implant needs to be removed and replaced. In some cases the recall recommends different or more frequent monitoring. It is important to discuss the reason for the recall with your orthopedic surgeon to determine the most appropriate course of action.
In the following sections, we deal with hip implant products which have been subject to regulatory action, recall, and/or lawsuits.
### Potentially Defective Hip Products
### Stryker Hip Implant Recall
Stryker Corp., maker of artificial hip implants, recalled two of its popular hip implants after serious widespread problems caused many patients to have the hip implants removed. A third Stryker product has now entered major litigation after claims of injury to patients.
At best, hip replacement surgery is a traumatic procedure with a grueling recovery period. As a result of Stryker Corp.’s faulty hip implants, thousands of patients were forced to undergo painful hip replacement surgery twice, in addition to complications resulting from defective hip implants.
### Stryker Tritanium Acetabular Shell Lawsuits
Plaintiffs who have allegedly suffered injuries due to Stryker’s Tritanium Acetabular Shell hip replacement system have requested that the New Jersey Supreme court designate their cases for multi-county litigation. They insist that their claims have “common, recurrent issues of law and fact” that would link all of their cases together in a mass litigation action.
Their application details 20 cases that have been filed in the past year over injuries related to Stryker’s Tritanium Acetabular Shell hip implant resulting from painful aseptic loosening of one of the implant’s components.
### Stryker Forced to Recall Implants
In response to widespread patient complaints as well as an alarming investigation conducted by a team of medical doctors at The Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Stryker Corporation has elected to recall its product, LFIT™ Anatomic CoCr V40™ Femoral Heads.
The team of doctors, including Laura Matsen Ko, MD, Antonia F. Chen, MD, MBA, Gregory K. Deirmengian, MD, William J. Hozack, MD, and Peter F. Sharkey, MD, published an overview of femoral head implants in the August 17, 2016 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, which warned of the risks of catastrophic implant failure due to severe trunnion corrosion.
### Recall Notice by Stryker Cites Device Failures
In its recall notice, Stryker cited higher than expected rates of complaint by patients of “taper-lock failure,” particularly in products manufactured prior to 2011. These failures present the following hazards to Stryker femoral head implant recipients:
- Disassociation of femoral head from hip stem
- Fractured hip stem trunnion
- Excessive metallic debris
- Insufficient Range of Motion
- Insufficient soft tissue tension
- Loss of implant: bone fixation strength
- Excessive wear debris (polymeric)
- Implant construct with a shortened neck length
### Hip Implant Defect & Recall Attorneys
If you or someone you love has suffered as a result of a hip implant system, please contact our experienced mass tort legal team for a free consultation at 215-462-3330 or by requesting a callback below.
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