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In January 2008 after receiving a warning letter from the United States Food and Drug Administration, Stryker Orthopaedics recalled its Trident PSL and Hemispherical Cups used in hip replacements. These devices replaced the femoral ball surface and hip socket lining. Patient complaints on the system were reported starting in 2005 according to industry sources.
In September, 2010, after years of patient complaints, DePuy Orthopaedics, recalled its DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System hip replacement system. Many patients with these hip replacements reported the aggravations of swelling, pain, and difficulty walking.
In August, 2012 after complaints of metal toxicity, Stryker Rejuvenate ABG II system was recalled by Stryker. Though the Rejuvenate system uses a ceramic ball and a polyethylene cup, people with the implant have been diagnosed with metallosis. Experts say the reason is that the system consists of four pieces instead of two and that where the metal components join is the source of this metal contamination.
Though these complications are serious enough, there are further crippling conditions created by these implants, which are not immediately as noticeable but have far-reaching and damaging consequences.
These hip implants use a system which can release microscopic heavy metal particles such as cobalt and chromium. A sufficient amount of these particles can cause a condition known as metallosis. Metallosis is defined as a serious medical condition in which metallic particles build up in soft tissue in the vicinity of the implant. In sufficient amounts these particles can cause swelling, fluid build-up, failure of the implant, and can actually kill surrounding soft tissue.
Eventually, these metallic particles migrate into the bloodstream and can cause blood metal poisoning. Once these particles are in the bloodstream they can adversely affect the gastrointestinal system, blood production, the cardiovascular system, the reproductive system and kidneys.
Revision surgery to replace the defective implant and further therapy may eventually clear metal poisoning, but there is a possibility of permanent damage depending on the amount of metal and length of exposure.