When the Stryker Accolade hip replacement is used with metal components, it creates a “metal-on-metal” hip implant. This can lead to severe complications, including metallosis (metal poisoning), chronic pain, and revision surgery.
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What is the Stryker Accolade?
Stryker Orthopaedics Corp. manufactures the Accolade TMZF Femoral Hip Stem, a one-piece hip implant component made of titanium alloy. It has a tapered wedge design that fits more patients while accommodating a variety of surgical approaches.
What’s the problem?
When the Stryker Accolade is used with certain components, it creates a metal-on-metal hip implant. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that all-metal implants offer no advantages over traditional ceramic and plastic designs, but they have unique risks.
Hip Implant Metal Poisoning
One risk is metallosis (metal poisoning). This complication occurs when metal parts grind together as a patient walks, shedding tiny particles of metal into a patient’s hip. This can cause local inflammation, pain, swelling, and loosening of the hip joint. It can also cause bone loss, soft-tissue growths, and systemic reactions in other areas of the body.
Five Stryker Accolade Lawsuits Filed for Metal Poisoning
In May 2014, Law360 reported that at least five new lawsuits involving the Stryker Accolade TMZF hip stem and LFIT V40 femoral stem were filed in Bergen County, New Jersey, where Stryker is facing hundreds of additional lawsuits involving the ABG II and Rejuvenate implants. Plaintiffs accuse Stryker of failing to adequately warn that using the Accolade stem in combination with certain components could create a “metal-on-metal” hip implant, which can corrode and cause severe metal toxicity.
Stryker Accolade Recall
In April 2012, Stryker recalled the Accolade femoral stem used with the DePuy MITCH TRH System modular head/acetabular cup. The recall was initiated after post-marketing surveillance found higher than expected rates of revision surgery.
Health officials in the United Kingdom published a safety alert after finding a 10.7% revision-rate associated with the Accolade and MITCH TRH compared to rivals.
For patients who already have the combo, health officials recommended lifetime follow-ups, blood tests to check metal ion levels, and imaging or ultrasound if metal ion levels are rising. Doctors should consider revision surgery if patients with symptoms of hip implant failure have abnormal imaging and/or blood metal ion levels are rising.
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