A woman had a Stryker hip replacement two years ago and has since had a rash of broken bones she claims are due to her not being able to walk correctly. The woman suffered a broken foot, a toe, and a tooth, all allegedly broken as a result of her Stryker hip implant.
The woman was able to walk with a cane about two months following the hip surgery, but two areas had not healed properly, so she had problems walking, even with the cane. She maintains she followed all her surgeon’s instructions, from six weeks of rehabilitation, to ongoing physical therapy, but still could not get her balance. The woman continued to suffer both physically and financially. She lives alone, so she recently purchased a wheel chair and hired a caregiver to wheel her around to shop for necessities.
Recent Foot Fracture
In March 2017, the woman was simply walking from one room to another when she heard a crunch. Her foot had broken. She was back at the same hospital with the same orthopedic surgeon, but this time, it took twice as long as the normal recovery time to heal as she could not walk properly. She was given a special boot for support, but that did not appear to help her balance or improve her ability to walk normally.
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Costly Pain Medication
The woman is only 65 years-of-age and is frustrated with the thought that she will never be able to walk correctly. She was told by her surgeon it is “just going to take time” and prescribed pain medication. She expressed concern about just how long that might be. She is now on Lidoderm patches that are very costly and she lives on social security. The Lidoderm patches help somewhat, and some days better than others, however, the pain is always there.
Even driving is painful, so she has had to hire someone to drive her every time she has a physical therapy appointment. Despite constant pain, the woman is doing her best to follow an exercise regimen.
Simple Tasks are a Challenge
The woman explains that even getting up from bed or a chair is an “adventure.” At times, her hip locks. If she turns a certain way and hears a click, she has to stop whatever she is doing for fear that her whole hip will go out. She is no longer able to pick something up from the floor. Aside from the stress in her everyday life allegedly due to her Stryker hip implant, she has had to purchase a stair lift and has to manage on her fixed income.
The woman expressed her dilemma to her general practitioner, who had knowledge of hip replacement problems, but was unable to help the patient very much. The patient bemoaned the fact that her surgeon insinuated that she was a complainer and did not seem to empathize with her situation.
The woman said she has to stare down at the sidewalk when she walks and watch her feet, or she may trip. Recently, she got up during the night to use the bathroom, and when she got up from the commode, her left hip locked. She pitched forward, hit her mouth on the door knob and broke off her right front tooth and damaged other teeth in her bridge. The dental surgery took four hours and her bill came to $6,385. An advertisement she saw on television about Stryker hip lawsuits, gave her a flash of financial hope. There have been massive amounts of lawsuits and recalls involving hip replacement devices in recent years that have frequently resulted in substantial financial compensation for hip implant recipient plaintiffs.
Stryker Hip Recall
In July 2012, Stryker Orthopaedics recalled a hip replacement system that includes both the Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. This hip replacement system, along with other similar metal-on-metal hip replacement devices has been linked to infection, soreness, squeaking joints, and other complaints. The failure of these devices may lead to metallosis, necrosis, and tissue inflammation as well as a variety of potential long-term complications.
Have You Been Injured by a Stryker Hip Replacement Device?
If you or someone you know has sustained injury involving a metal-on-metal hip implant, such as a Stryker hip implant, you may be eligible for valuable compensation. Parker Waichman personal injury law firm offers free, no-obligation case evaluations. We urge you to contact us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).