Two products offered by hip implant manufacturer Stryker have been the subject of numerous complaints from recipients for their tendency to cause metal poisoning. The Stryker ABG and Rejuvenate models have been found to deteriorate very quickly in the body, poisoning the blood.The failure of many of these hip implants has led to a significant number of claims for compensation being made.
When tissue react badly to metals in the body a serious form of metal poisoning called ‘metallosis’ can develop. Aside from extreme discomfort and agony, this can kill body tissue, cause pieces of bone to break off, restrict mobility, cause abnormal growths to develop, alter DNA and cause the hip implant to fail completely.
Metallosis is therefore very serious and it is thought to be caused by metal parts (such as necks and stems) of the hip devices grinding together. This creates fine metallic dust which enters local tissue. In order to check for metallosis, a blood test is required and sufferers may need to undergo follow-up surgery to remove defective implants which are causing metallosis. Even after such surgery, metal may remain in bloodstream (potentially causing damage) for a year.
Stryker learnt of the risks of metallosis following a wave of patient complaints leading the company to send warnings to doctors who may use them. Canada recalled the Rejuvenate implants in May 2012 amid safety concerns and just 2 months late, Stryker itself recalled both the ABG II and Rejuvenate models.
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