After Stryker Hip Recall, Multiple Plaintiffs Claim Symptoms of Metallosis
With bated breath, eight patients from Florida, Minnesota and Arizona are awaiting trial dates for the lawsuits they filed after the Stryker hip recall. On Sept. 13, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported that three of the newest plaintiffs to do so, from Boca Raton, Lake Worth and Boynton Beach, Florida suffered a range of heavy metal poisoning symptoms as a result of being implanted with the Stryker Orthopaedics-manufactured Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems.
This frightening condition, commonly referred to as metallosis, is one of the most severe side effects associated with the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants, which were voluntarily recalled by the company in July 2012. This condition occurs when the titanium and cobalt components of the Rejuvenate rub together and release metallic debris into the bloodstream.
As a result of the metallosis they are suffering from, people nationwide are experiencing fatigue, vision-loss, tumor-like formations and muscle rot, according to the report.
One Boca Raton woman, Diane Pingle, told the Sun Sentinel that she has spent the last year in chronic pain because of it.
“I don’t do anything around the house anymore, because everything is such a huge effort,” she said. “My husband does the grocery shopping, the laundry. It’s not being able to walk, to get in and out of the car, to sit down and get up. It’s a constant battle of trying to function whether you’re walking, standing or sitting.”
Stryker Rejuvenate recall lawsuits allege that the company failed to adequately research the potential for its product to inflict harm on patients before it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) in June 2008. It is estimated that before the Stryker hip recall on July 6, 2012, the company sold approximately 20,000 Rejuvenate hip replacement devices in the U.S. That said, it remains to be seen just how many people suffered metallosis as a result of being implanted with this modular-neck hip stem.