Stryker Accolade TMZF, Other Stryker Hip Stem Components Recalled
The lawyers in Weitz & Luxenberg’s dangerous drug and medical device unit are speaking with individuals who have undergone hip replacement surgery and had the Stryker Accolade TMZF hip stem implanted. In January 2009, the hip stem device was recalled by the company due to product deviation concerns.
For more information about your legal rights, please complete the form on this page for a free review of your Stryker hip stem lawsuit.
In January 2009, New Jersey-based Stryker Howmedica Osteonics Corp. (Stryker) announced a Class II recall of specific lots of their Accolade TMZF hip stem components. In addition, ABG II and Omnifit C-Taper) hip stem devices were also included in the recall.
Stryker recalled the devices after the company discovered possible problems with the bond strength of the spray-on Hydroxyapatite (HA) coating.
The hip stem devices are implanted in order to provide additional stability to implant. The stem is implanted into the femur bone of the affected hip and leg.
Possible Risk to Patients
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) categorized the recall as a Class II, which is done in cases where there is a possibility that patients who have been implanted with this hip stem may be at risk to develop temporary or reversible health problems.
In the case of the Accolade TMZF hip stems, there is a possibility that particles in the HA coating may release, which may put those affected at risk for osteolysis, or weakening of the bone, which can cause the hip replacement to loosen over time.
In the case of hip stem-related osteolysis, the femur bone may weaken and the hip implant may wobble within the bone. Patients who have been implanted with an Accolade TMZF hip stem who develop the condition will experience pain, limitations in range of motion, and possibly hear squeak-like noises.
If the condition becomes severe, osteolysis patients may have to undergo surgery to correct the problem, which may involve the need for surgery to replace the defective hip stem.
Our Lawyers Can Help Those With Defective Stryker Hip Stems
If you or a loved one underwent hip replacement surgery and had one of the recalled Stryker hip stem devices implanted, you may be able to seek compensation for your injury, pain and suffering and to help defray medical bills and other expenses.
For over 20 years, Weitz & Luxenberg has helped families affected by dangerous drugs and defective medical devices to seek justice against the companies responsible for their injury.
Complete the form on this page for a free review of your possible Stryker hip stem lawsuit. A Weitz & Luxenberg representative will contact you as soon as possible.