What Is Metallosis and How Can My Stryker Hip Implant Cause It?

In July 2012, Stryker recalled their ABGII and Rejuvenate modular hip implants due to concerns of fretting and/or corrosion around the modular neck junction causing adverse local tissue reactions (ALTR). As a result, many patients are at risk of developing or have developed metallosis, among other complications.

What is Metallosis?

Metallosis is a type of metal poisoning that occurs as a side effect of joint replacements with metal components, such as a metal-on-metal hip implant. These medical devices are made from different metals, including cobalt and chromium. As a patient moves, the metal parts rub against each other and release tiny metal particles into the bloodstream and surrounding tissues. As a result, several medical problems can arise, such as:

  • Metallosis
  • Necrosis
  • Pseudotumors
  • Bone fractures
  • Osteolysis
  • Adverse local tissue reaction (ALTR)
  • Aseptic, lymphocyte-dominated vasculitis-associated lesion (ALVAL)
  • Adverse reactions to metal debris (ARMD)
  • Groin pain
  • Skin rashes
  • Nerve problems
  • Loss of mobility
  • Hip abductor destruction
  • Need for revision and/or constructive surgery

What To Do If You Are Experiencing Side Effects from a Metal-On-Metal Hip Implant

The symptoms of metallosis may vary since each person reacts differently to high metal levels. If you experience adverse effects caused by your hip implant, speak to your orthopedic surgeon or primary care physician immediately. Doctors can usually diagnose metallosis by doing a simple blood test or administering any number of imaging tests to look for tissue damage.

Representing Victims of Defective Hip Implants Nationwide

If you believe your defective Stryker hip implant has caused your injuries, feel free to contact our Stryker Rejuvenate recall lawyers at Kershaw Talley Barlow today. We represent clients across the United States in cases involving defective hip implants. Our firm can help you pursue financial compensation for medical expenses, medication, pain and suffering, lost wages and more.

Call (916) 520-6639 or contact us online to speak with an attorney.

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