News Inferno; June 27, 2013
A Florida attorney who recently underwent surgery to replace his failed Stryker metal-on-metal hip implant has joined thousands of patients nationwide who have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of the devices.
The man initially underwent hip replacement surgery in order to continue athletic activities that had become difficult because of the deterioration of his hip. But the Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant itself became a problem: the rubbing of metal against metal released metal particles into surrounding tissue, causing pain and damage, the Sun-Sentinel newspaper reports.
Metal-on-metal hip implants, whose design forces metal to rub against metal during daily activity, have caused problems for many recipients. Metal particles are shed into surrounding tissue and into the bloodstream, causing bone and tissue damage, metallosis, pseudotumors, and the need for early revision surgery to remove and replace the implant.
Last year, Stryker began a voluntary recall of the Rejuvenate hip implant model and began paying for medical treatment, saying some patients might have “possible pain and/or swelling at or around the hip,” according to a company statement, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Many other all-metal hip devices have been recalled.
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