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Stryker Hip Implant Lawsuit

Stryker Hip Implant Lawsuit
On July 6, 2012, Stryker issued a voluntary recall of its Rejuvenate Modular-Neck Stem and ABG-II Modular-Neck Stem hip implants. The company cited “the potential for fretting and corrosion at the modular-neck junction” as the reason for the recall. If you or a loved one believes that you may have received one of these devices in a total hip replacement surgery, you should consult with your doctor immediately. You should also get in touch with the Belt & Bruner. Our lawyers are currently reviewing recalled Stryker hip implant claims. We can review your case for free.

Why Were Stryker Hip Implants Recalled?

A New Jersey company, Howmedica Osteonics Corporation, manufactures the Rejuvenate and ABG-II modular-neck stem hip implants. The company does business as Stryker Orthopaedics. While traditional artificial implants have a one-piece stem and femoral neck, the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG-II models have a modular-neck stem that has two parts: A stem, which is inserted into the patient’s femur, and a neck, which is inserted into the femoral stem. Stryker once touted the fact that the device’s interchangeable necks could be used in a variety of sizes, lengths and angles. Surgeons could then adjust the hip prosthesis during hip surgery to correct the patient’s anatomy and biomechanics of the hip – independent of the stem size. Although the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG-II were once seen as an alternative to “metal-on-metal” hip implants, they are still made of cobalt, chromium and titanium. As far back as 2008, medical studies warned that modular-neck stem devices could fail due to fretting and corrosion. In other words, wear and tear around the femoral neck taper junction could cause metal particles to be released from the implant. As a result, metal ions could enter the bloodstream and cause complications such as:
  • Adverse local tissue reactions (ALTR)
  • Severe pain in the hip, thigh and groin areas
  • Difficulty standing or walking
  • Femur fractures
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Inflammation of soft tissue
  • Build-up of fluid
  • Dislocation of the hip
  • Stem loosening
  • Other problems such as rashes, fatigue, headaches and infections.
Due to device failure, many Stryker hip implant patients have needed to undergo revision surgery, involving removal and replacement of the device. Because of the “potential” for these issues to arise, Stryker initiated its voluntary recall. The recall applies to Rejuvenate implants sold from February 2009 to July 6, 2012 and ABG-II implants sold from November 2009 to July 6, 2012. It is estimated that Stryker sold 30,000 of these devices worldwide, including 20,000 in the U.S.

How Can You Know If You Have A Recalled Stryker Hip Implant?

Hip implant patients may not know whether they received one of these recalled devices. You can check by asking your surgeon for the operative report or a copy of the implant label. If you contact Belt & Bruner, P.C., we can request this information for you.

What Should You Do If You Received A Stryker Hip Implant?

If you learn that you received a recalled Stryker Rejuvenate Modular-Neck Stem or ABG-II Modular-Neck Stem hip implant, then you should ask your doctor to test your blood for the presence of elevated cobalt or chromium levels. You should also undergo X-rays, MRIs or CT scans to check for inflammation, fluid build-up or other complications. Even if you have not experienced complications, it is important to ask for these tests in order to protect your health. You also need to protect your rights. If you take timely legal action, you may be eligible to recover compensation for your medical expenses, income you have lost and pain and suffering you have experienced. Belt & Bruner has a legal team that is ready to get to work for you. We have extensive experience with standing up for the rights of injured patients and taking on large corporations, including medical device companies. Get started today. Contact us and receive a free case review.

For More Information

• Stryker Initiates Voluntary Product Recall of Modular-Neck Stems Action Specific to Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Stems, U.S. Food and Drug Administration • Rejuvenate Modular / ABG II Modular-Neck Stem Voluntary Recall, Stryker.com