According to a lawsuit filed on December 6, 2012, in the Superior Court of San Francisco, a plaintiff from Georgia has sued Stryker Corporation for not informing people about the potential side effects of the Hip Implant. According to reports the defendants in the case are Stryker Corporation and Howmedica Osteonics.

According to the lawsuit filed by the plaintiff and his hip implant attorney, the victim was implanted with hip implant device two years back after being advised by his doctor. However, after one and half a year he suffered severe and permanent injuries that not only deteriorated his quality of life but also required him to undergo several revision surgeries. With the lawsuit the plaintiff has brought in multiple counts against the device maker including product negligence, breach of warranties, concealing of clinical research data and fraudulence. In the lawsuit the plaintiff and his Stryker Lawyer have also framed charges of misrepresentation and asserted that the device maker had marketed the device aggressively to gain monetary advantages.

According to the lawsuit the company was aware about the potential side effects of the device however they deliberately concealed the negative clinical research data, potential threats of metallosis, and high failure rate of the device to gain financial and monetary mileage. With this the plaintiff seeks financial, compensatory and punitive damages along with all the expenses that he incurred due to rehabilitation, medicines, lost wages and claim related damages.

About metallosis:

All metal-on-metal implant devices are made up of metallic coils and components that tend to friction and rubbing. This causes release of metallic particles from the device to the adjacent tissue and vascular system. The accumulation of metal debris and components leads to tissue swelling and pain. Metallosis is a condition that is caused by the buildup of metallic debris in the soft tissue of the body.

Other side effects and complications of Stryker hip implant device

  • Mortality
  • Dislocation
  • Heterotopic ossification
  • Infection
  • Avascular necrosis (Osteonecrosis)
  • Component loosening

Some concerns about metal-on-metal Hip implant device

  • The removal of the femur bone during the implantation could lead to scars and fractures
  • The damaged soft tissue surrounding the original hip implant will be even more difficult to perform surgery on and may cause further complications.

 In case of revision surgery the patient will require a revision stem, which reduces the already limited number of possible future replacements.