Technology has done a lot in advancing the field of medicine. Today, the pharmaceutical industry continues to succeed in providing patients with treatment options that would not have been available just a few decades ago.
Among such revolutionary treatment options is the use of synthetic, state-of-the-art implants meant for supporting or replacing biological structures inside the body to help with its continued function. For example, the use of hip implants allows arthritis patients the opportunity to experience great pain relief and mobility that would otherwise be impaired due to the damage in their hip joints. As such, the innovations of pharmaceutical companies like Stryker and DePuy that are responsible for such implants have long been welcomed by the medical community with enthusiastic feedback.
Unfortunately, despite the perceived benefit brought about by these implants, there seems to be significant evidence that certain types of hip implants prove detrimental to patient health. As noted by Russo, Russo & Slania, both Stryker and DePuy have been forced to recall their hip implants due to the fact that the devices were found to have seriously injured a significant number of patients. Take Stryker’s line of Rejuvenate and ABG II implants—first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2008 and 2009, respectively. In recent years, developments in research show that these Stryker implants that made use of metal-on-metal components could cause to metallosis, which could then lead to tissue necrosis.
When medical devices meant to help patients later prove to be defective, doctors will have to undo the damage by putting their patients through another round of surgeries. This translates to a longer recover time for patients and addition medical expenses. Patients that have been implanted with defective devices end up suffering more than they have to and usually feel like they have no other option but to bear these added burdens.
What most of these patients don’t know is that they have legal options that could help alleviate the many problems caused by defective hip implants. Patients going through this same ordeal have the option to seek legal counsel and pursue just compensation.