Hi. This is Stuart Talley. Bill Kershaw and I are the partners responsible for the hip cases our firm handles. I am here to talk about a problem hip we have come across in our investigations: the Stryker Accolade.
We have hundreds of cases where we represent individuals with Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABG II hips. These hips were recently recalled. We’ve come across many individuals with Stryker Accolades who are having problems as well.
Typically, the problems involve metallosis. Metallosis occurs when the hip implant releases metal particles into the surrounding hip joint and bloodstream. The metals released are cobalt and chromium. Many people with Stryker Accolades are having lots of pain in the hip and they go to their doctor. The doctor will usually take an x-ray and tell the patient the pain they’re experiencing must be from their back; they must have pulled a muscle. The x-rays tend to look good and they send the patient home.
Blood tests will reveal exactly how much cobalt and chromium is being released from the hip. This is how they finally figure out what’s going on. A blood test can tell you since the cobalt and chromium particles cause soft tissue damage in the hip. The soft tissue damage does not show up on x-ray. But the amount of cobalt and chromium in someone’s system is known from the blood test.
We’ve come across numerous cases with individuals who have Stryker Accolades. Many have high cobalt and chromium, and need to have their hips revised (replaced with another hip implant). If you have a Stryker Accolade, and have high cobalt and chromium, we are happy to help you. As always, we provide free case consultations. We will focus on your case, so you can focus on yourself.
The Stryker Accolade is a metal-on-metal hip replacement system manufactured by Stryker Orthopedics.
The Stryker Accolade is a metal-on-metal hip implant meaning it is made from a metal femoral stem and a metal acetabular cup. The metal parts rub together releasing metal ions (tiny particles of metal) from the device. This causes damage to bone and soft tissue surrounding the implant and joint. The debris accumulates around the hip joint, causing pain, swelling, inflammation, bone loss, and soft-tissue growths. This is known as an adverse local tissue reaction or adverse reaction to metal debris.
Adverse reaction to metal debris can cause pain, device failure, and implant loosening which may lead to needing a revision surgery. When metal ions are released into the bloodstream (metallosis) it can precipitate a systemic reaction in different areas of the body. This results in other issues including skin rash, cardiomyopathy (a heart condition), neurological impairment, psychological changes, and thyroid abnormalities. The long term effects of exposure to these metal devices is unknown.
Contact a Kershaw, Cook & Talley, P.C. lawyer today if you, or someone you know, was implanted with a Stryker Accolade. We help clients nationwide and provide a free case consultation. Give us a call 24/7, toll free at 888-635-3970 or fill out the contact form on this page. We focus on your case, so you can focus on yourself.
Stryker Corp., a subsidiary of Howmedica Osteonics Corporation, faces lawsuits regarding the company’s recalled Accolade TMZF hip stem and LFIT anatomic V40 femoral head. The lawsuits claim Stryker Corp. failed to warn the device may corrode, causing severe metal toxicity (metallosis) in patients. Stryker Corp. is also the manufacturer of the defective Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems, which were recalled in July 2012. The Accolade TMZF was later recalled in October 2012. According to the FDA, the manufacturer’s reason for the recall was due to grit blast media, which was observed in the drive hole. Grit blast media, a term referring to any fine powder used as an abrasive, was found as the wearing debris due to the compromised wearing resistance of the titanium alloy (Chen and Thouas 121)* in the hip stem.
The Stryker Accolade is associated with the release of cobalt and chromium metals into the bloodstream. The femoral head of the Accolade hip implant is made with a cobalt and chromium alloy, whereas the hip stem is made with titanium alloy. The combination of the femoral head and hip stem causes significant corrosion and fretting, resulting in metallosis and subsequently permanent damage to tissues and bone, as well as pseudotumors. The Stryker Accolade TMZF, like the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II implants, was designed and manufactured without structures that prevent fretting and corrosion. Additionally, Stryker discontinued using TMZF titanium concurrent to the Rejuvenate and ABG II recalls.
Our attorneys have extensive experience, and proven results, litigating defective hip cases. Contact an attorney for a free case consultation if you have a Stryker Accolade TMZF. We focus on your case, so you can focus on yourself.
*Biomaterials: A Basic Introduction, by Qizhi Chen and George Thouas