Stryker Hip Replacement Side Effects
There are several dangerous Stryker hip replacement side effects. Stryker hip replacement side effects can be potentially fatal if not treated immediately. Common Stryker hip replacement side effects occur from corrosion of the implant itself. The Stryker hip replacement device features a neck made with cobalt and chromium. The stems of the device feature a titanium coating. When implanted in a patient’s body, these metals have a metal-on-metal junction.
Over time, the metals can rub against each other. This can cause corrosion of the metals. As a result, Stryker hip replacement side effects such as metallic debris and ion generation and deposition can occur. This can lead to dangerous conditions such as metallosis and cobalt poisoning. Other Stryker hip replacement side effects can include bone loss and tissue death.
Stryker Hip Replacement Corrosion
The metal-on-metal design of the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II implants can lead to Stryker hip replacement side effects such as corrosion during normal wear-and-tear. The corrosion of metal inside the body can also result in metal ion generation. These metal ions can then be released into a Stryker patient’s bloodstream, bone matter, or bodily tissue. Once spread, they can damage the patient’s kidneys, liver, spleen, and lymph nodes.
Metallosis is a condition that may develop as one of several Stryker hip replacement side effects. Metallosis develops when metal debris is deposited and built-up in a patient’s soft bodily tissues. The condition most often occurs as a result of medical implants, specifically in joint replacements. Studies show that small-statured patients, women, and obese patients are more likely to develop metallosis. This occurs from increased implant tension due to the patients’ body structure.
Stryker hip replacement side effects due to metallosis may include:
- Osteolysis, or bone matter loss
- Pseudotumors, or tumor-like growths
- Severe pain around the site of the implant
- Inflammation and swelling around the implant site
- Need for hip replacement revision or operations
- A rash which may indicate necrosis, or premature tissue death
- Loosening or dislocation of the implant due to inflamed and damaged tissue
Since the Stryker implants feature a cobalt neck, cobalt poisoning is among the possible Stryker hip replacement side effects. Cobalt poisoning can occur from corrosion of the implant. This condition is also called cobalt toxicity. While cobalt is an essential element in very small amounts, excessive levels can create health issues.
Stryker hip replacement side effects arising from cobalt poisoning can include:
- Visual changes
- Nerve problems
- Tinnitus, or chronic ringing in the ears
- Cardiomyopathy, or weakening of heart muscles