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Questions To Ask Your Doctor

Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Cobalt Chromium Toxicity

Defective Hip Implant Attorneys Explain What Your Doctor Should Know

At Kershaw, Cook & Talley, we represent hundreds of individuals with defective hips. As part of our work, we reviewed thousands of medical records and spoke with numerous orthopedic surgeons. In doing so, we discovered alarming variations in the way orthopedic surgeons care for patients implanted with Stryker Rejuvenate or ABGII hips. There are surgeons who are aggressive in their treatment and opt for revision surgery. Others err on the side of caution and closely monitor their patients via repeat blood tests, x-rays and physical examinations. In addition, many surgeons have very little information on the most recent science regarding cobalt and chromium toxicity, and the impact these metals can have on your body.

Therefore, for your convenience, we compiled a list of questions that Stryker patients should ask their surgeons. Getting answers to these questions ensures your clinician is taking the appropriate steps necessary for your treatment while aiding an understanding of his or her opinions with respect to your hip. We hope these questions are helpful. If you have any comments or concerns about your doctor’s answers to these questions, please feel free to contact us at (888) 817-2527 or fill out our contact form.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Your Stryker Hip Implant

  1. What is your understanding as to why the Rejuvenate or ABG II was recalled?
  2. What types of tests do you believe should be performed to make sure that metal ions from my Stryker hip are not causing tissue damage in my hip?
  3. What types of complications can result from tissue damage?
  4. What types of things do you look at when deciding to recommend revision surgery?
  5. Should I be getting a blood test to determine the amount of titanium in my blood, in addition to blood tests for cobalt and chromium? Are there any known risks associated with titanium?
  6. How much cobalt and chromium in my blood is too much? Do I have to be worried about any long-term health issues such as cancer, thyroid disorders, or heart issues?
  7. What do the most recent studies say about the health impacts of having high levels of chromium and cobalt in my body?
  8. What is your understanding of the revision rates for the Stryker ABG II and Rejuvenate hips?
  9. If you think my hip is likely to fail in the future, is there any reason to wait until the metal ions have caused damage to my hip before having surgery?
  10. If I don’t have revision surgery, should I be getting my blood tested for cobalt and chromium on a regular basis? If so, how often?
  11. If I don’t have revision surgery, should I be getting MRIs performed on a regular basis? If so, how often?
  12. What are the risks of having revision surgery?
  13. What does revision surgery entail? Will you be removing all of the hardware?
  14. How many revision surgeries have you personally performed where the stem had to be removed?
  15. What is your complication rate with these surgeries?
  16. After revision surgery will the rehab be different than my first operation?
  17. Do I need to be more concerned about fracturing my femur during rehab since you are replacing the stem?
  18. In what percentage of the revision surgeries performed by you, were you able to remove the stem without fracturing the femur?
  19. What type of hip would you use to replace the Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II? How long is the recovery period expected to be after revision surgery?

Download these questions so you can take them with you for your next appointment: Questions To Ask Your Stryker Doctor

If your doctor does not know the answers to these questions, then you should consider seeking the opinion of another physician. Additionally, you can bring your doctor’s answers with you to a free initial consultation with our attorneys. We can review the answers and advise you of your legal options based on your doctor’s feedback.

Questions About Lawsuits for Cobalt-Chromium Poisoning? Call Our Attorneys

If you have concerns after speaking to your doctor or would like information about filing a Stryker lawsuit, then contact the attorneys at Kershaw, Cook & Talley today. We can explain how to use your doctor’s report to support your injury claim.

Call 888-817-2527 or contact us online today for a free initial consultation.

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