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Stryker Orthopaedics Rejuvenate Modular Hip System Recall Compensation on the Way

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Kalamazoo, MIThe arrival of a settlement check in the mail at the start of summer vacation season would otherwise be considered a godsend. Imagine extra cash in hand for day tripping, or for landscaping, or to start a college fund or some insurance policies for the grandkids. However, for victims of Stryker Orthopaedics metallosis, that money is likely going to pay medical bills, with a little left over as compensation for any pain and suffering experienced through dealing with the failed device.

The Rejuvenate Modular Hip System was introduced as an alternative to the metal-on-metal hip joints that were becoming problematic due to metallosis: the introduction into the bloodstream of metal ions stemming from wear of the all-metal system. Hip replacement joints have been historically comprised of ceramic and other non-metal materials. The industry, in its wisdom, began switching to metal-on-metal joints in an attempt to make joints more robust - and perhaps last longer - a goal especially important for active seniors much less sedentary than previous generations.

What’s more, due to the 510(k) clearance allowed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a manufacturer undertaking an update to a device already on the market with a similar design is able to take a pass on the otherwise rigid testing and clinical trials normally undertaken for medical devices. This allows for design updates to reach the market faster. Unfortunately, it also removes the opportunity to properly vet the changes - including materials.

After having been brought to market, metal-on-metal devices were found to express small amounts of metal and metallic residue through wear, thus inflaming surrounding tissue and introducing metallosis, which is highly toxic. Stryker, in reacting to this problem, envisioned a hybrid joint that largely returned to more traditional materials such as ceramic.

However, a metal neck and stem was found to emit metallic debris under some conditions through wear, resulting in similar problems faced by full metal-on-metal devices. The situation resulted in the Stryker Orthopedics Rejuvenate Modular Hip System Recall in 2012 - three years ago this month.

As the result of many a Stryker recall lawsuit, Stryker negotiated a settlement agreement that was initially given praise for the speed at which the proposed settlement was reached. However, there would soon be criticism as to the tight timelines issued for would-be plaintiffs and beneficiaries to qualify for the settlement. The deadline was extended several times beyond its initial announcement in November 2014.

As of last month, it was announced that Stryker had achieved a 95 percent enrollment rate for eligible claimants to the settlement in accordance with the Master Settlement Agreement. As a result, Stryker Orthopaedics metallosis checks will begin to flow out to eligible Stryker recall lawsuit claimants this month. A report by Thomson Reuters ONE (6/12/15) indicates that the majority of payments will be made through the coming fall.

The hip replacement lawsuit settlement program was designed to compensate patients who underwent revision surgery to replace one or both failed Stryker Rejuvenate hips. Revision surgery can often be more complex than the initial procedure, with the risk for increased complication. What’s more, revision surgery forces an increasingly active and busy generation of middle-aged Americans and seniors to undertake yet another round of healing following revision surgery, negatively impacting lifestyles and often a career.

Artificial hips have historically lasted upwards of 15 years under normal use. In the majority of cases, the Stryker Rejuvenate hips were failing well before that - many within five years and some within just 18 months. Little wonder so many plaintiffs hit Howmedica Osteonics Corp. - doing business as Stryker Orthopaedics and serving as a subsidiary of Stryker Corporation - with a hip replacement lawsuit.

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YOUR ARE QUITE RIGHT.BECAUSE OF MY BELIEFS I DO NOT SUE ANYBODY.WITH THESE PEOPLE I AM GOING TO TAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS I CAN.THEY DESERVE IT..FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO ME.AT 71YRS OLD I HAVE METALIOS WHICH IS COBOLT %CHROMIUM 11 TIMES ABOVE NORMAL IN THE BLOOD IT HAS GIVEN ME TERRIBLE PROBLEMS LIKE BRAIN FOG & OTHER PROBLEMS.I HAVE TO HAVE A RECONSTRUCTIVE OPR.THE COBALT HAS EATEN AWY ALL BONE & MUSCLE HOLDS HIP IN PLACE. MY HIP CAME OUT WHAT PAIN MY WIFE TRIED TO PUSH IN. NOT ALL WAY. NOW I HAVE A MISALINED HIP .ONLY SLEEP ON R /SIDE.WHAT A BUMMER . IN PAIN CONSTANTLY .I HOPE I MADE YOU FEEL BETTER AS THERE IS ALWAYS SOME ONE WORSE OF THAN YOU

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I just had a total left hip replacement - June 1, 2015, and here it is the middle of July, and I feel like a cripple. The doctor told me he had to cut about an inch off of my femur, but I am like 2" shorter in my left leg, pain constantly, it feels like the titanium and femur connect, there is a pain that is unbelievable, and when you sit, where the ball connects to the hip, unbearable pain sometimes. Plus for the first time in my life, I have had severe groin pain and cramps and I am a woman, so I have never had to deal with this sort of pain. they say it takes 8 weeks to recover and I am in week 6 and pray that the next two weeks bring me a miracle. Stryker should be closed up, I was leary before the surgery and my doctor assured me all was better now, lots of improvements. Where?????

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