Stryker Metallosis Problem
The Stryker Rejuvenate Modular Hip Neck and Stem and the Stryker ABG II Modular Neck and Stem can destroy tissue and pollute the bloodstream with metal. In the Rejuvenate Modular Hip Neck, Rejuvenate Modular Hip Neck, ABG II Modular Hip Stem, or ABG II Modular Hip Neck, the metal neck and the metal head wear against one another. This sends metal debris into the surrounding tissue and bloodstream. The Stryker necks are made of chromium and cobalt. The Stryker stems are coated with titanium. These hard metals grind against one another as the hip joint moves with regular activity.
This grinding causes metal shavings from the neck and stem to release into the surrounding tissue and bloodstream. Metallosis occurs when the metal shavings deposit into the healthy tissue surrounding the implant. This metal debris kills tissue. Healthy, pink tissue becomes gray or black in color as the metal settles into the body.
Chromium and cobalt leach from the Stryker hip components into the tissue and bloodstream. These chromium and cobalt levels can be detected in the urine and bloodstreams. Most often, doctors use a blood test to determine whether patients have elevated chromium and cobalt levels. Medical professionals and state health officials say that the chromium and cobalt are not naturally found in the body. They say that the chromium and cobalt levels of a healthy person should be less than 1ppb, 1 ug/l, or 1 ng/ml.
Some people may notice lumps, or pseudo-tumors, form under their skin. These fluid-filled sacs are the body's attempt to isolate the poisonous metal. Often, these pseudo-tumors do not appear on the skin's surface and can only be identified through an MRI performed by a medical professional.
Once chromium and cobalt hip implants are removed from the body, it takes time for the chromium and cobalt to leave the system. Research is currently being conducted on how long it takes for these toxic metals to leave the body. Some people have toxic levels of these metals in their systems for more than a year after the hip implants are removed.
There is no consensus in the scientific or medical community about what long-term effects exposure to these metals may have on the body. There has been some research on cobalt poisoning. According to the Alaska Department of Epidemiology, cobalt levels of 5 are considered toxic. That state says that signs and symptoms of cobalt poisoning can include visual impairment, cardiomyopathy, cognitive impairment, auditory impairment, hypothyroidism, peripheral neuropathy, rashes, blindness, deafness, heart failure, peripheral neuropathy, and hypothyroidism.
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