Archive | November 2012

The Perils of Having a Recalled Implant inside One’s Body

StrykerImage_11Because of persistent negative reporting about defective devices, hip replacement implant recalls have become more familiar these days to men and women who read a lot about them. There are a lot of brands and manufacturers whose products have been recalled and Stryker is one of them. If you have a Stryker hip implant device, or know someone who does, you may want to find out more information that might be useful and crucial to you.

While hip replacement surgeries have served the purpose of their discovery and development, which is to restore mobility in an otherwise incapacitated person, it does not mean that the process is to be taken lightly. The intensive surgical procedure which involves removing the defective natural hip joint and putting another artificial one in place may be financially, physically and psychologically draining on the part of the patient and his loved ones. Like all other surgeries for better conditions, the outcomes can always be pleasant or unpleasant as they range from success to failure.

Failure in this case might be the worsening of the already unpleasant condition that brought the patient to seek treatment in the first place. Instead of feeling better and having less and less limited range of motions, the patient just might experience otherwise. It could also be that recovery is taking longer than usual with the presence of pain and other kinds of complication. Why does this happen?

While there may be rare cases of these that can be attributed to malpractice or ineffective rehabilitation programs, majority of failed hip replacements are caused by a defective implant or a flawed prosthetic itself. In the process, one may acquire the services of the most competent surgeon with an expert physical therapist to match, but ultimately, the outcome of the operation is highly dependent on the quality of the implant device used on the patient. It may be defective and faulty by design, which results at worse end into discomfort or pain, and at the worst, to complications such as the development of metallosis or osteolysis in cases of undetected, prolonged and untreated effects of an unreliable implant device.

The unfortunate thing about recalled implant devices is that these are mostly recalled after its release for public usage, which means that a closed surgical site would inconveniently have to be opened again to remove the implant device and replace it. In most cases, the accompanying symptoms and conditions make it impossible for the replacement to be implemented right away, giving more justification to the controversial Stryker lawsuits being filed recently.

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