Florida Surgeon Performs Revision Surgeries to Repair Complications Named in Stryker Hip Lawsuits
Dr. Robert Zann, an orthopedic surgeon from Boynton Beach, Florida is all too familiar with the complications that have caused more and more patients to file Stryker hip lawsuits.
A few weeks after the first Stryker hip lawsuit alleging injuries from the ABG II modular-neck hip stems was filed in Massachusetts federal court, he told the Palm Beach Post of his personal experiences with the Rejuvenate and ABG II implants. Since the Stryker hip recall of July 2012, the article dated March 30th, 2013 says Dr. Zann removed 100 of the 400 implants he originally installed during total hip replacement procedures. He expects to remove another 100 in the future.
Stryker Hip Recall Injuries
Zann said he discovers the same issues during the revision surgeries he has performed to remove the hip stems. “When I start operating it is the same mess in them, every single one,” Zann said. “There’s a high-pressure fibrous tumor-like pocket so full of fluid that it pops when he cuts into it. There is inflamed muscle, and white milky fluid around the joint. The operation to remove a fixed joint is arduous for doctor as well as patient.”
One such patient was quoted in the article as saying his Stryker Rejuvenate has dislocated twice since he received a revised artificial hip last June. Both times, the excruciating pain forced him to go to the emergency room. His seemingly long-term injuries have also kept him from enjoying the activities he once loved.
“I can’t bowl anymore,” he said. “I’m afraid to play volleyball. Even when I play golf every swing I take I’m afraid.”
As of February 2013, over 80 Stryker hip lawsuits had been filed in New Jersey’s Bergen County. These claims, which involve the Rejuvenate device, are now pending in New Jersey Superior Court.
Another 30 have also been filed in U.S. federal courts. At the end of February, plaintiffs in these cases petitioned the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to centralize pretrial proceedings in Minnesota federal court. Stryker Orthopaedics has voiced its support for a MDL at this location.
How to File a Stryker Hip Lawsuit
If you experienced complications after the Stryker hip recall, you may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer. Stryker hip lawsuits seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP to learn more at (877) 779-1414.