Stryker Hip Implant Recall
Stryker Orthopaedics announced in July 2012 that it was recalling its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stem implant devices. In its recall notice, Stryker said the artificial hip systems pose a risk of fretting and/or corrosion at or around the modular-neck junction.
“Fretting” is the term for the wear of two metallic surfaces (such as in an artificial hip joint) that are damaged by being repeatedly rubbed together. Fretting in a hip implant can cause pain and/or swelling as tissue surrounding the implant is damaged by metal flakes. The remedy is surgery to remove and replace the faulty hip implant.
If you have received a hip implant and are experiencing pain and/or swelling, you may have a Stryker Orthopaedics Rejuvenate Modular or ABG II modular-neck hip stem implant device that has been recalled because of defects. You should contact your doctor to confirm your implant maker and then contact the Stryker Orthopaedics hip implant recall attorneys of Hardison & Cochran at 800-434-8399 or through our online form for a free evaluation of your case. You may be eligible for compensation to cover your medical bills and for your pain and suffering.
Problems with Stryker Hip Implants
Stryker Orthopaedics announced on July 6, 2012, that it had recalled the firm’s Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, both of which are artificial hips. The firm said that patients who had the implants run a risk from fretting (wearing down and flaking of metal parts) and/or corrosion of the implants’ modular neck junctions. The company also reported that information about problems with the implant devices that had been collected since the devices entered the market might indicate that the frequency of fretting problems constitutes a trend.
The affected hip implant devices are:
- Rejuvenate Modular primary hip system, which Stryker says allows the surgeon to manage stem size, leg length and offset to recreate the patient’s anatomy, restore biomechanics (mobility) and consequently minimize risk of dislocation.
- ABG II modular-neck stems, which provide surgeons with an option to correct certain aspects of a patient’s anatomy and hip biomechanics, Stryker Orthopaedics says.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on May 30, 2012, that a Stryker hip implant patient reported pain, inflammation and difficulty climbing stairs a year after surgery. Physical therapy, stretching exercises and other therapeutic measures failed to reduce symptoms.
In addition to the pain and inconvenience Stryker’s implants may cause, all patients who have received Stryker Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stem implants are likely to undergo future hip replacement surgery to remove and replace the Stryker implants.
If You Have a Stryker Hip Implant
Artificial hip recipients should contact their doctors immediately to determine whether they have Stryker Orthopaedics Rejuvenate or ABG II modular-neck stem hip implants. If you do, request a copy of the operative report from your original implant procedure. It will document your implant, including the device’s lot and batch numbers.
People injured by or implanted with defective medical devices may be eligible to recover compensation to assist them with the cost of medical bills, additional remedial surgeries, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and other damages.
Complaints about metal-on-metal artificial hip replacements are not limited to Stryker. The DePuy ASR™, DePuy Pinnacle, BioMet M2a Hip and Wright Conserve Hip have also been subject to litigation due to reports of failure and metal-related complications.
If you have an artificial hip, do not sign anything without the advice of an experienced defective medical device attorney. A manufacturer’s offer to pay costs will not cover your pain and suffering and other damages, and may not even cover all costs associated with necessary medical treatment for the defective hip implant.
Contact Our Stryker Orthopaedics Hip Implant Recall Attorneys Today
Hardison & Cochran’s defective medical device lawyers are investigating injury claims related to Stryker Orthopaedics Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems. If you have suffered pain, swelling, lack of function or any other adverse reactions following implantation of a Stryker Orthopaedics Rejuvenate or ABG II modular-neck stem hip implant, you should first contact your surgeon and/or orthopedist. Then contact the Stryker Orthopaedics hip implant recall attorneys at Hardison & Cochran at 800-434-8399 or through our online form to discuss your legal options.