Medical device manufacturing giant Stryker Corporation voluntarily recalled two of its hip implant devices on July 5, 2012 following reports it had brought distress to consumers. One of its products is Stryker ABG II hip recall. It was pulled back mainly because of rising complaints from its recipients that this hip prosthesis brought them further pain instead of alleviating it.
Lawsuits are piling day by day for Stryker. Just last November 9, 2012, a case was filed against the manufacturer by Erma Neagle in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah.
The plaintiff had a hip replacement operation as she was diagnosed with a degenerative joint disorder. However, after the operation she experienced excruciating pain and inflammation around the implant, and sometimes the pain travels to her front right hip, also infection occurred.
This incident prompted her to have another surgery to correct her condition. This is actually a two-step corrective surgery. The first procedure was on July 23, 2012, the purpose of the said operation was to eliminate the foreign materials and dead cells first for it to heal faster. After this, on October 30, 2012 she had the remaining operation wherein the temporary device was replaced with a permanent one.
Neagle claimed that if only she had known about its impending complications, she would not have allowed herself to be implanted with Stryker’s hip implant device.