Have you been affected by the Stryker Rejuvenate hip recall? Are you suffering from adverse side effects related to the Rejuvenate or ABG implants? If so, we may be able to help you get compensated for your pain and suffering. Please read on.
Stryker announced a voluntary recall of the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, which are used in many of the company’s hip implant systems. Stryker stopped making the devices after post-market surveillance suggested a trend in the products’ potential for corrosion and adverse effects.
According to a press release from Stryker, problems that lead to the Rejuvenate hip recall includes: “fretting and/or corrosion at or about the modular-neck junction, which may result in adverse local tissue reactions manifesting with pain and/or swelling,”
The high number of reports of problems associated with the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stem implants are alarming. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received at least 45 reports of adverse events relating to the products since the start of 2012, including instances of metal corrosion and tissue inflammation. The reports are part of the escalating concerns that led to the Stryker Rejuvenate / ABG hip implant recall.
The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems are used as a component of either metal or ceramic hip implants. The stems themselves, however, have a metal-on-metal modular junction which can fret or corrode, causing toxic metal debris to enter the surrounding bloodstream. These potential dangers of the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems make it especially important for patients with these devices to undergo testing and evaluation to monitor and prevent adverse events.
In May, Stryker released a company report that advised patients with the modular-neck hip systems who experienced persistent pains without an infection or another likely cause to seek a medical evaluation, including the following tests:
If you or a loved one received a hip implant with the Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II modular-neck stem components and experienced side effects, it’s important to see a health care professional and monitor potential complications right away.
Concerns from the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip recall are similar to those from recalls and warnings surrounding other metal-on-metal hip implants.
In August 2010, Johnson & Johnson issued a recall of two types of metal-on-metal hip implants manufactured by a division company, DePuy Orthopaedics. The company recalled the DePuy ASR Acetabular System and the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System, both hip replacement with an all-metal ball and socket joint which caused similar problems of metallosis as the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip components. The hip implants had unusually high failure rates and often required revision surgery to replace the defective implant. Metal debris from the friction between the joints seep into the surrounding bloodstream, causing pain and complications.
Since the DePuy hip recalls, there have been numerous studies and warnings about the potential dangers of metal hip replacement systems from medical experts in the United States and abroad have. Most recently, in June 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration convened a panel of experts to weigh in on the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Though they did not recommend a recall of all metal-on-metal hip systems, they cautioned doctors against using the devices.
If you have been affected by the Stryker Rejuvenate hip recall or experienced complications from another recalled hip implant such as the DePuy ASR, contact our firm immediately for a free case review by calling . You may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering.
In addition to Stryker hip recall lawsuits, our firm is also handling cases concerning other hip replacement products such as the DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hips, the Wright Conserve hip implants, and the recalled Smith & Nephew metal hip implant liner.