A metal hip recipient from Jacksonville talked this week of experiences similar to those allegedly affected by the Stryker recall, DePuy ASR recall and individuals who have filed DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits. “I’ve been healthy my whole life until they put metal in my body,” he said.

According to an October 4th report from FirstCoastNews.com, the 34-year old Florida man is scheduled to undergo his third hip replacement surgery since 2007 to repair damages allegedly caused by a device that left him with high levels of cobalt, chromium, mercury and lead in his blood stream. “The last thing the doctor told me was ‘we’re going to put this new metal-on-metal implant and you should get ten to 15 years out of it; you’re a young man,’ he said.

Although the article does not disclose which particular metal hip replacement this patient received, plaintiffs involved in lawsuits over the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement, and a version of the DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement system that includes a metal Ultamet liner similarly allege high metal ion levels in the blood stream caused by premature device failure.

High Metal Levels Alleged in Stryker Lawsuit Filings, DePuy ASR Recall Claims

The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems, for example, were recalled on July 6, 2012 after their metal components were shown to fret and corrode at the modular-neck junction. Approximately 20,000 implants were affected by the Stryker recall. Conversely, the DePuy ASR recall was issued in August 2010 due to excessively high failure rates revealed by a United Kingdom hip registry. Recent estimates show that individuals implanted with the device may have a 40 percent chance of experiencing pain, swelling, metallosis and other early failure complications within five years.

Dr. Joshua Jacobs, who serves as president of the Chicago-based American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, says that hip replacement devices as a whole have revolutionized the way hips are replaced over the past hundred years. “Some have done well, others have not and they were recalled,” he said, “Metal-on-metal have not done very well.”

First Coast News reports that some 400,000 hip implants and 600,000 knee replacements are performed each year.

Contact a Lawyer to Find Out More about How to File a Stryker Lawsuit, DePuy ASR Recall Claim

For more information about filing a Stryker lawsuit or DePuy ASR recall claim alleging injuries caused by a metal hip implant you received, call an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP at (877) 779-1414.

Published October 7, 2013 by